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Students strike enters third day, union minister’s effigy burned

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Students strike enters third day, union minister’s effigy burned

Aizawl (www.zoramobserver.com): The indefinite strike launched by students of Mizoram University since Wednesday in protest against the delay in appointment of regular Vice Chancellor for Mizoram University has entered third day on Friday.

Intensifying their agitation, hundreds of students under the aegis of Mizoram University Students’ Council (MZUSC) assembled at the varsity campus boycotting classes and picketing teachers and non-teaching staffs from attending office. They also burned the effigy (poster) of Union Minsiter for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar during the protest.

Agitating students burns effigy of union minister Prakash Javadekar during a protest at MZU campus at Tanhril in Aizawl on Frinday (8 Sept, 2017).

Speaking at the protest site, MZUSC vice president Malsawmsanga said that it was unfortunate to have the students went to such extent due to the indifference of the central government to the demand of the students.

He alleged that the central government deliberately ignored the problems of students despite repeated appeals being made to immediately appoint regular VC.

“We have burned the effigy of union minister not due to personal enmity, but to draw the attention of the central government,” he said.

Mizoram University is a central university under the University Grants Commission (UGC), and was established on July 2, 2001, by the Mizoram University Act (2000) of the Parliament of India. The university has been without regular VC since May last year.

Earlier several appeals have been made by both students and teachers to the central government for immediate appointment of regular VC which were paid unheeded till date.

The students alleged that the absence of regular VC for a long time has not only severely affected all employees and students, but also adversely affected the overall academic functions.

Taking cognizance of the problem faced by students, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla had on Thursday written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, imploring the latter to immediately appoint VC.

Other leaders including the lone Lok Sabha member from Mizoram CL Ruala and Mizoram BJP unit president Prof. JV Hluna have also called on the union minister over the issue.

While speaking to “www.zoramobserver.com,” RB Lalmalsawma, the president of Mizo Students’ Union (MSU), one of the largest student bodies in Mizoram said that the student body gave moral support to the university students in their fight for immediate appoint of VC.

He said that the student body would send representatives to Delhi to meet union human resource development minister over appointment of regular VC if the central government don’t give positive response till next week.

Meanwhile, leaders of MZUSC and affiliated colleges on Friday convened a meeting and decided to intensify their agitation from next week.

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Co-Editor, Zoramobserver.com. Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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