Jennifer Popat

UPNG denies rumours of VC’s resignation

Loop PNG clarified this following rumours online about the resignation of Mellam, and his registrar, Jennifer Popat.

Director of UPNG's media unit, James Robins, has however confirmed that Popat is no longer the registrar, due to the completion of her contract term.

“The change has nothing to do with the current issues faced by the university,” states Robins.

As of March 31, 2017, Mrs Nakanat Kote started acting in the position.

Kote, from Manus Province, was the director of UPNG’s human resources management division.

Trial goes in favour of UPNG admin

The ruling came today after an hour trial was conducted at the Waigani National Human Rights Court by Justice David Cannings.

Justice Cannings, after hearing counsels’ submissions, ruled that the reaffirmation form issued by the university administration was to make students refrain from ‘illegal activities’ or detrimental activities and it was not capable of taking away any human rights of the student body.

Registrar breaks silence, calls on students to resume classes

In a circular released yesterday (Sunday), registrar Jennifer Popat said: “After two weeks of classes, there appears to be no solution in sight. The university is extremely concerned about this uncertain situation.”

Popat said the disruptions have resulted in millions of kina losses to the university and its stakeholders, including loss of learning time to students.

“Such losses cannot be sustained. Normal classes will resume on Monday, May 16, at 8am.