Jamia pun­ished me for ac­tivism: scholar

DNA (Delhi) - - COMMUNITY - Fa­reeha Iftikhar fa­reeha.iftikhar@dnain­dia

The Jamia Mil­lia Is­lamia (JMI) has can­celled the ad­mis­sion of a sec­ond-year re­search scholar for al­legedly in­dulging in “cam­pus ac­tivism”, with­out given her “a prior no­tice about the move”.

Ac­cord­ing to an or­der is­sued by the univer­sity on Tues­day, the ad­mis­sion of Dhru­padi Ghosh, who was pur­su­ing PhD in So­ci­ol­ogy, was be­ing can­celled. “In the light of the of­fice or­der dated Septem­ber 7, 2017, is­sued by the Reg­is­trar, JMI, the ad­mis­sion of Dhru­padi Ghosh is be­ing can­celled from PhD in So­ci­ol­ogy,” it read.

The or­der was marked to four peo­ple, in­clud­ing the Head of the Department of So­ci­ol­ogy, and Ghosh’s su­per­vi­sor. The stu­dent, how­ever, got to know about it only on Fri­day. “I came to know about it on Fri­day. This is a di­rect at­tack on me for rais­ing my voice against var­i­ous is­sues and fight­ing for democ­racy on the cam­pus,” she said.

Ghosh is a mem­ber of stu­dent group Da­yar-I-Shauq Stu­dents’ Char­ter (DISSC), which re­cently came in the spot­light for or­gan­is­ing a cul­tural evening at the univer­sity’s cen­tral can­teen in Au­gust last week, to which the ad­min­is­tra­tion had ob­jected. The event was “abruptly” called off and the par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents were al­legedly man­han­dled by the proc­to­rial of­fice staff. Ghosh, along with some other stu­dents, had also held a protest at the cam­pus over the is­sue.

“The demo­cratic space at Jamia is shrink­ing day af­ter day, with the ad­min­is­tra­tion try­ing to mute the voices of those who dis­sent. I have been sin­gled out for rais­ing my voice against var­i­ous is­sues,” Ghosh said.

The univer­sity author­ity, how­ever, de­nied the charges and termed it an “aca­demic” de­ci­sion rather than an “ad­min­is­tra­tive” is­sue. “Ghosh’s PhD ad­mis­sion does not com­ply with the univer­sity guide­lines. She did her masters’ in fine arts, which is not al­lied with So­ci­ol­ogy in Jamia,” a se­nior var­sity of­fi­cial said.

The univer­sity de­nied the charges and called it an “aca­demic” de­ci­sion

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