SHILLONG |April 11, 2019:
The North Eastern Hills University (NEHU) has decided to constitute an inquiry committee to find an amicable solution to the ongoing tussle between the administration of the Tura campus and the members of the university student’s body.
The members of NEHUSU were informed about the institution of the inquiry committee during the meeting with the vice chancellor here today.
Talking to reporters after the meeting with the vice chancellor, NEHUSU president, Genuica Warjri said that the inquiry committee will be headed by the Head of Cultural and Creative Studies, Prof Desmond Kharmawlang and it will have two members, each from both the main campus in Shillong and also from the Tura campus.
“The meeting with the vice chancellor is on the incident at Tura campus. We have demanded to institute an inquiry committee even in the memorandum submitted to the Vice Chancellor,” NEHUSU president said. According to her, they would like the Proctor and the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Tura Campus, G Singhania to apologise and to drop charges against members of the NEHUSU.
She also asserted that this is an internal difference within the campus adding that they would like to resolve the present stalemate amicably.
“But if there is any arrest of any NEHUSU members in between this whole exercise., then there will no more dialogue between the student body and the administration,” NEHUSU president said.
Meanwhile, NEHUSU adviser, Rangdajied Marwein said that the allegations made against the members of the student union is very serious. He also informed that there was a commitment on the part of the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Tura campus to forgive and forget whatever had happened in the Tura campus.
“While we are on our way from Tura to Shillong, we were shocked to see the press statement made by the Tura campus against the members of the union and even an FIR was lodged against us,” Marwein said.
He said that the NEHUSU president had to file a counter FIR since manhandling a woman is a serious offence. “The president of NEHUSU filed an FIR against the Proctor, the labourer accused of eve teasing and the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Tura Campus for racially abusing us. We are committed to resolve the matter amicably,” NEHUSU adviser said.
Marwein, however, asserted that if any member of the student body are arrested when the inquiry committee is trying to find a solution to this ongoing stalemate, then they would not have any further discussion with the administration. He also said that they would also not take any responsibility if the situation escalated within the campus.
Earlier during the day, hundreds of students took out a rally from the University Central Library to the Administrative Block to demand Pro VC to drop the charges against the NEHU students. It may be mentioned that the student’s union members were on a visit to the NEHU Tura campus. They were accused of pelting stones on the Pro Vice-Chancellor’s quarter and also manhandling the labourers working inside the campus.
It may be mentioned that two different versions on the recent ‘vandalism’ at NEHU Tura Campus popped up with the Tura officials sticking to their previous story and the NEHUSU-Shillong students denying the allegations.
According to the letter sent by the Pro Vice Chancellor of NEHU Tura Campus, the entire NEHU fraternity had ‘unanimously’ condemned the incident which happened in the Campus. He informed that an FIR with respect to the incident has been filed by the campus authority.
It was reported that a delegation of students from the North-Eastern Hill University Students Union (NEHUSU), Shillong allegedly vandalized the quarters of the Pro Vice Chancellor (PVC) of the university, located at Tura in West Garo Hills recently while also ‘manhandling’ 7 labourers working inside the campus.
On the allegation of manhandling the 7 labourers, the student union had clarified that the ‘supposed’ victims were never physically abused. They alleged that the confrontation with the labourers erupted only after their president was eve-teased by the labourers.
“We confronted the labourers and instructed them to behave in a decent manner and if the labourers were physically attacked by us then we demand the production of medical examination reports that will justify their claims,” said NEHUSU.
It may be mentioned that the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) had on Thursday condemned the ‘high-handedness’ and the ‘lack of respect’ shown by the officials at Tura Campus towards the NEHU students’ union and demanded an apology from the Proctor and Pro-VC of Tura Campus.