Imphal: Students’ bodies in Manipur on Tuesday demanded bifurcation of Dhanamanjuri University (DMU), Imphal from the Directorate of Technical and Higher Education. The DMU was set up under The Dhanamanjuri University Act, 2017 which came into force April 6, 2018 through a notification in Manipur Gazette published by the Department of Higher and Technical Education.
However, the university is yet to be recognized as a full-fledged university by the University Grant Commission (UGC) as it is functioning under the Department of Higher and Technical Education.
The university was set up under RUSA by clustering DM College of Science, DM College of Arts, DM College of Commerce, LMS Law College and GP Women’s College. Six students’ bodies – AMSU, MSF, DESAM, KSA, SUK and AIMS – demanded bifurcation of the university, in a memorandum submitted to chief minister N Biren Singh today.
The students’ bodies also expressed serious concern over the present condition of the university while informing that the potential university of Manipur is mired due to various issues plaguing the university.
It stated that the DMU is progressing into its 5th year of existence but needs urgent attention to transform the university into a full-fledged university recognized by the University Grant Commission (UGC).
The university lacked teaching faculties, infrastructural lack such as shortage of classrooms, benches and desks, it added.
Ever since the creation, the existing teachers (including the utilized teachers) of the five constituent colleges of the university have been reportedly shouldering the duties and responsibilities of a university teacher like syllabus framing (both UG and PG courses), question setting, evaluation and teaching of post graduate courses along with research guidance.
The memorandum said that the slow-paced progress of DMU is caused by delay in the bifurcation of the university from the Higher and Technical Education department of the state government.
The bifurcation of the university is urgently needed not only to facilitate the growth of the students and their prospects of proper research but also to avoid any future uncertainty over the legitimacy of their degrees and courses, it also said.
It further stated that the delay in bifurcation has also kept DMU unqualified for acquisition of section 12 B of UGC without which the university cannot be a full- fledged UGC recognized university. The major bottleneck in acquiring 12 B is due to failure on the part of the DMU to enlist a bonafide list of teaching faculty of its own which is due to non-bifurcation, it observed.
The delay in the declaration of the results for recruitment of 88 assistant professors and non-teaching staff of the university has afflicted the pace of growth of the university, the six students’ bodies alleged in the memorandum.
“The crises besetting DMU is to prove inimical to the future of students and youths in Manipur,” the memorandum stated.