New Delhi: Expressing shock at the decision of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration to deny registration to two Dalit B.Tech students in the third semester, the JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) on Sunday wrote a letter to Union human resource development minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Delhi Education Minister and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, demanding revocation of the university’s move.
“The student community is extremely shocked about how two of our fellow B. Tech students are being denied registration in their 3rd semester and being forced to leave JNU by the administration. Two Dalit students who took admission in JNU Engineering School with a lot of hope and promise are being harassed and traumatized,” said the letter by N Sai Balaji, caretaker JNUSU president. The union is slated to go for polls on September 7.
As per the letter, the two students were “suddenly” told that they didn't have the necessary grades, hence their registration to the third semester starting July 2019 was being withheld, Balaji said in the letter.
The B.Tech students took admission in JNU on basis of their ranks in JEE-Mains exam and thier ranks would have got them some of the best of NIT’s in India, “yet they chose JNU because of its multidisciplinary approach and process of learning,” the letter said, adding that “however each and every step in their journey to get educated has brought them new hurdles”.
The outgoing JNUSU president pointed out that the Engineering School was started in JNU without any proper building, classrooms, lab, hostels and permanent teachers. “From day one JNUSU and other engineering students have been fighting for these basic of basic facilities. The hurried and unplanned moves brought unmitigated trouble for the first batch of B.Tech students, which can be hardly compensated. The year lost with inadequate facilities will not come back,” he added.
He said B.Tech students were suffering not just due to the lack of physical infrastructure and facilities, but were also kept in the dark about the rules and regulations governing them.
“Unlike other B.Tech/Engineering Colleges and courses, where rules are explicitly laid down in prospectus, JNU never informed the engineering students the rule of study, examination and revaluation, their ordinances, grade structure and fee structure,” and “ suddenly overnight, the students were told that they didn’t have the necessary grade, hence their registration to the third semester starting from July 2019 was being withheld.”
Balaji also said that the JNU website, too, didn’t have the ordinance applicable for these students publicly displayed.
The letter further accused the JNU administration of “outright insensitivity”, as the “students tried to reason out with the Dean of Engineering asking him not to make them suffer for they have made no mistake.” Even the parents of these students had come down to talk to the vice-chancellor, but he “didn’t have any time to meet the students and their parents.”
The outgoing students union requested both the ministers to write to JNU administration against this injustice and get the decision revoked immediately.
Calls to the JNU registrar made by news agency PTI went unanswered.
(With inputs from PTI)