Protesting students on Wednesday locked down the office of District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Imphal East district, registering a strong protest against appointment of a new principal in-charge.
The students of the institutes were in agitation mode since the last few weeks after the state government appointed the new principal in-charge suppressing its earlier order of appointing RK Sashiranjan as principal in-charge.
Protesting against the appointment of the new principal in-charge, students under the aegis of District Institute of Education and Training Students’ Union (DIETSU) staged a protest in front of the institute’s office in Imphal.
Some of the placards displayed during the protest read as “Don’t violet rights of students”, “No politics in education”, etc. They also shouted various protest slogans against the government move before locking down the DIET office with a padlock and announced closure of the institute indefinitely with effect from today.
Talking to reporters at the protest site, DIETSU general secretary Rahul Thoudam strongly criticised the last move of the state authority and for failing to address the demands of the students. He announced the students will not allow re-opening of the institute until and unless the demands of the students are addressed by the state government. He then appealed to the concerned authorities not to create an unnecessary crisis in the institute by removing the earlier principal in-charge without any valid reason. The government move has greatly affected the academic atmosphere of the institution, he alleged.
He then said that the union is against the appointment of new principal in-charge as they could find any evidence regarding the allegations levelled against RK Sashiranjan as principal in-charge of the institute.
Shashiranjan has been always giving his best effort for the development of the institution. He is a teacher who has been taking up major responsibility for conducting online classes for students during the pandemic, he said. He further termed as baseless the allegation being circulated by some individuals that his appointment as the principal was in violation of the seniority list. Instead of creating crises the individuals and organizations should focus on extending help in fulfilling the needs of the institution, he continued.
“If the state government remains silent on silencing the wrongful move or tries to remove the present principal of the centre then the union will be compelled to launch intense forms of agitations”, he warned.