27th August 1965 : Birth of students force in Manipur
Contd from previous issue
Shri Seram Mangi Singh, Loitongbam Tombi, Soyam Lokendrajit, Y Rajen Singh, Laitonjam Ibopishak, Th. Ibohal Singh, L. Raghumani Singh, Ksh Iboyaima Singh, Kh. Joysakhi Devi, Laishram Jugobala Devi, Kh. Ibetombi Devi, Ch. Devola Devi, Ksh Kunjalata Devi and AK Santi Devi were the members of the council. A four member Advisory Board was formed with Shri N. Ibohal Singh, KN Singh, S. Ibotombi Singh and N. Birendrakumar Singh. A five member Civil Defence Board was formed with Shri Seram Mangi Singh as Chairman and Shri L Saratchandra Sharma as Secretary. Shri H. Joykumar Singh, Kh. Subash Singh and Kh. Ibetombi Devi were the other members. The members of the Board of Editors were Ibohal Singh, G. Joykumar Sharma, H. Joykumar Singh, L. Iboyaima Singh, W. Ibempishak Devi, Y. Sabitri Devi, G. Sobita Devi and S. Lokendra Singh.
On 10 February 1966, the Constitution Drafting Committee of AMSU was constituted with seven members namely Thiyam Gambhir, Y. Rajen, A. Birendra, Kh. Joysakhi, Jadumani, N. Ibohal and Ksh. Iboyaima. A meeting held at Aryan Theatre on 14 August 1966 took the decision to install a memorial site at Pishum Ching and to observe the Hunger Marchers' Day on 27 August every year. On 26 December 1966, the Constitution of AMSU was adopted at the 20 Executive Council meeting of the Union held at Paradise Club, Wangkhei.
Shri Leihaothabam Saratchandra Sharma, Huidrom Yaima and Seram Mangi Singh were the President, the Vice-President and the General Secretary of the Union duly elected by the students under its new Constitution. Other members were L. Khuarileima Devi as Finance Secretary, Moirangthem Santikumar as Publicity and Information Secretary, Kullachandra Singh as Secretary–at-large, and Sanjenbam Sangita Devi as Asst. General Secretary, while G. Gunamani Sharma, RK Memsana Devi, RK Premlata Devi and Momon Devi remained as Executive Members. (Reference: Souvenir published on the Silver Jubilee Celebration of AMSU,1965-1990)
As an apex body of students of Manipur and as a pressure group protecting the indigenous rights of its people, AMSU has been credited with various social and political reformations of Manipur during the past five decades.
On 28 July 1967, a conference of all students (hills and valley) held at DM College raised issues such as emotional integrity among the students of Manipur, role of students in social development, grievances of students. Paite, Gangte, Zeliangrong and representatives of other Naga student organizations participated in the conference. It was the first pressure group of Manipur to object to the efforts for unification of Naga inhabited areas into Nagaland in 1968.
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