Manipur Varsity Set Ablaze; VC Resigns, Classes Stalled 

The delay in admissions to the first-year postgraduate courses due to university indecision led to the agitation.

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The delay in admissions to the first-year postgraduate courses due to indecision of the university, led to the agitation by the students. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ningombam.priyobrata.1?fref=nf">Priyo Ningomcha</a>)

All classes have been suspended indefinitely from Wednesday at the Manipur University after agitations by students over reservations turned violent and led to arson at the varsity premises, reported The Telegraph.

Vice-Chancellor In-Charge M Dhaneshwar announced the closure of classes and subsequently, his resignation on Tuesday. The full-time Vice Chancellor HNK Sharma retired on 16 August.

The delay in admissions to the first-year postgraduate courses due to indecision of the university, led to the agitation by the students, triggering violence at the campus around 10:30 pm on Tuesday.

The recreation hall, a computer shop and a restaurant were set ablaze and several rooms of professors were set on fire.

Dhaneshwar was scheduled to visit the UGC in Delhi on Wednesday, but instead cancelled his visit and announced his resignation.

The Manipur High Court had directed for new reservations, two per cent for Scheduled Castes, 31 percent for Scheduled Tribes and 17 per cent for OBCs, which was adopted during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic session.

But the UGC repeatedly directed the university to follow the Central reservation policy.

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