NEW DELHI: An organisation representing Kuki students has written to the University Grants Commission (UGC) requesting it to relocate postgraduate and PhD scholars of the Manipur University and Dhanamanjuri University to other central universities.
The state has seen deadly sporadic violence since May 3. UGC Chairman Jagadesh Kumar said the commission is yet to receive their request. "In view of the prevailing situation where continuous violence is taking place in the state, the transfer of violence induced displaced students to other universities of their choice takes utmost precedence in order to ensure the continuity of their education. Otherwise, their career and future can forever be derailed," the students' body said.
"In light of the facts and circumstances, it becomes empirical to explore possible means to mitigate the adverse affects of this unforseen and unfortunate event,” it said. The organisation said the Manipur University is no longer safe for them and it is impossible for them to go back. “We request you to explore alternative ways and means where scholars can be accommodated in other central universities across the country."
Manipur has been witnessing ethnic clashes between the majority Meitei community, concentrated in the Imphal valley, and the tribal Kukis, occupying the hills. Over 160 people have been killed in the violence so far. The students' body has also requested the UGC that original education certificates be issued to all victims whose documents were destroyed in incidents of arson.