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Teachers close down Naga varsity

Kohima, April 7: Teachers of Nagaland University today forced the closure of all its three campuses in protest against the non-fulfilment of their charter of demands, including the recall of vice-chancellor K. Kannan.

The teachers said they had served several representations and ultimatums to the university authorities and the Centre. When their appeal failed to move the authorities, they were forced to close down academic activities on the Kohima, Lumami and Medziphema campuses.

Nagaland University Teachers’ Association president Rosemary Dzivichu said they would continue with their agitation till the vice-chancellor was removed and their other demands were met.

She charged Kannan with several irregularities in running the nascent Nagaland Central University. She also accused him of flouting rules and ordinances of the university with his autocratic style of functioning.

The association has been on a pen-down strike since March 18 which has hit the students hard.

The students have also launched an agitation, calling for immediate resumption of classes on the three campuses. They alleged that the impasse in the university since its inception in 1994 had crippled the institution and the government had remained a mute spectator.

Since the days of the first vice-chancellor, Yanger Ao, students and teachers have been protesting against the authorities for one reason or the other. The protests continued during the tenure of his successor, G.D. Sharma, and spilled into Kannan’s term.

Dzivichu said the teachers would not remain silent spectators to violations of the University Act and that of the basic rights and principles of the people.

Representatives of the association have met Governor K. Sankaranarayan and President Pratibha Patil, seeking an inquiry into the irregularities. Dzuvichu said Patil had asked the human resource development ministry to constitute an inquiry committee.

Kannan was not available for comment.

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