Partly suspending their agitation protesting appointment of a ‘tainted’ vice chancellor at the North Eastern Hill University, students today allowed resumption of classes and administrative work at the varsity after Chief Minister Mukul Sangma assured to take up their grievances with the Centre.
Nearly a month after the imbroglio at the university started after appointment of A N Rai as the vice chancellor, the State government took the responsibility to initiate talks between the agitating students and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
Concerned at the loss of academic hours due to the ‘non cooperation movement’ launched by the students since November 1, Mr. Sangma negotiated with the students yesterday and said he would take up the issue with the Centre at the earliest.
Relieved at the assurance, the agitating Meghalaya Tribal Students Coordination Committee (MTSCC) said the classes would resume at the NEHU on Tuesday even as the “other means” of agitation would continue until the MHRD gives a positive response to the demand placed by them.
The students are protesting the appointment of A N Rai as the vice-chancellor of North Eastern Hill University (NEHU).
Mr. Rai, who was appointed on October 11, had earned a bad name after a controversy in Mizoram University over a recruitment row when he was the VC there.
Administrative and academic work was affected severely in the wake of the agitation by the Meghalaya Tribal Students Coordination Committee (MTSCC), a conglomerate of several student bodies.