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Classes resume at Naga varsity

Kohima, April 14: The teachers of Nagaland University today resumed classes on all three campuses following an assurance by the Centre to constitute a fact-finding committee in a month’s time to probe the alleged anomalies and irregularities at the university. However, the attendance of the students was negligible.

All the three campuses of Nagaland University, at Lumami, Kohima and Medziphema, have remained closed since April 7, after the teachers decided to go on a ceasework to protest financial irregularities. They charged vice-chancellor K. Kannan with siphoning off crores of rupees and demanded that he be removed immediately.

The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has welcomed the decision of the teachers to resume classes immediately. General secretary of the federation, Hetoi Chishi, said the decision of the teachers to resume classes was in the interests of the students.

The NSF has supported the teachers’ demand for inquiry into the anomalies and irregularities in the university, but they also expressed strong reservation over the closure of the campuses by the teachers.

They had also demanded the intervention of Governor K. Shankaranarayanan and the Centre for early resumption of classes.

“We are happy that classes have resumed,” Chishi said.

Since 1994, when the university came into being, corruption and alleged irregularities have marred the proper functioning of the university. The teachers of the university have been agitating since then.

They had also protested against the two former vice-chancellors, Yanger Ao and G.D. Sharma. Sharma was forced out of office in 2005 by the teachers and the students.

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