• Students of the Centre for English Studies, JNU, release a statement in support of their former chairperson, Udaya Kumar

    March 25, 2018

    The Indian Cultural Forum has been closely following the developments at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. We interviewed Dr Saitya Brata Das after he was denied his promotion to Professorship despite the support of the then Chairperson, Professor Udaya Kumar, and his adequate qualifications. Now, we learn that Dr Udaya Kumar, along with six other Deans and Chairpersons, has been removed from his post overnight, on March 16.

    One of the members of our editorial collective received this statement from the students and alumni of the same Centre. Despite claims made by the JNU Registrar on Twitter that a small number of students protest regularly in front of the administration, the sheer number of signatories from one Centre shows that an overwhelming majority of the students and teachers of JNU stand against the JNU administration, a point Dr Das makes in one of the recent essays he has published with us.

     

    Read the statement below. Also read Dr Saitya Brata Das’ and Dr Soumyabrata Chowdhury's, and Dr H S Gill’s regular dispatches. More essays by Dr Das here and here.


    We, the undersigned students from Center for English Studies stand against the imposition of attendance policy that has been coercively implemented by the administration. This policy comes in the wake of a series of procedural violations – from seat cuts in MPhil/PhD across centres, removal of deprivation points, imposition of 100% viva-weightage in MPhil admissions and the manner of faculty appointments. These decisions have not been reflecting the actual conduct of the Academic Council meetings, where there has been a sustained opposition to these policy changes.

    We outrightly reject the unethical removal of Professor Udaya Kumar as our Chairperson, as well as the removal of Deans and Chairpersons from other centers and schools who had been ethically and actively resisting these impositions from the university administration.

    Aastha Dutta, Mphil

    Bendangrenla S Longkumer, Provisional PhD

    Chinmaya Lal Thakur, Mphil

    Dipannita Ghosh, Mphil

    Ena Dharker, Mphil

    Ifrah Javaid, Mphil

    Khoder al Khalifa, Provisional PhD

    Komal Yadav, Mphil

    Lawmsang Zuali, Mphil

    Meenakshi Yadav, Provisional PhD

    Moinak Banerjee, Mphil

    Niborna Hazarika, Mphil

    Prajakta Simon, Mphil

    Rinjee Lama, Provisional PhD

    Samudranil Gupta, Mphil

    Shrimi Gupta, Mphil

    Shweta Kumari, Mphil

    Sneha Chowdhury, Mphil

    Soumya Choudhury, Mphil

    Sthira Bhattacharya, Mphil

    Sumadhura Roy, Provisional PhD

    Titas Bose, Mphil

    Venkateswaran S, MPhil

    Ankan Kazi, PhD

    Sayan Chaudhuri, PhD

    Asmita Kundu, PhD

    Jomy Abraham, PhD

    Rishi Thomas, MA

    Naomi Jose, PhD

    Shubhra Dubey, PhD

    Shreya Prasad, MA

    Swati Moitra, Alumnus

    Swarnika Ahuja, MA

    Mousumi Mandal, Deregistered PhD

    Neha Kamrani, PhD

    Indu Kumari, MA

    Sanmitha Snehajan, MA

    Unnati, MA

    Santasil mallik, MA

    Subhajit Pandit, Alumnus

    Boudhayan Biswas, Provisional PhD

    Choekyi Lhamo, MA

    Zakariae Bouhmala, PhD

    Bedatri Datta Choudhury, MA

    Priyanka Basu, Alumnus

    Preeti Singh, Alumnus

    Aatreyee Ghosh, Phd

    Fathima M, PhD

    Saptarishi Chaudhuri, Alumnus

    Rupali, PhD

    Poulomi Bose, Alumnus

    Matti War, PhD

    Soumabrata Chatterjee, PhD

    Mansi Tikoo, MA

    Gourab Ghosh, Alumnus

    Lily Tekseng, Provisional Phd

    Abinash Rai, MA

    Archana Vinod, MA

    Aidan Wyatt Syiem, MA

    Epshita Kanaujia, MA

    Ishita Pasricha, MA

    Swagath S Senan, MA

    Aravind M, MA

    Priyanjana Das, MA

    Anupriya, MA

    Parvathy Rajendran, Provisional PhD

    Aalim Akhtar, MA

    Khushboo Soni, Provisional PhD

    Saheli Biswas, Provisional PhD

    Sangeeta Kumari, PhD

    Mahima Verma, MA

    Greeshma Gireesh, PhD

    Surjanshu Guha, PhD

    Anindita Mukherjee, MA

    Vanlalruati Chhun

    thang, MASadhna Mishra, MA

    Deborah Deka, MA

    Khongbantabam Manileima, MA

    Shinjini Basu, Alumnus

    Ashmita Chatterjee, MA

    Shubham Solanki, MA

    Debaditya Bhattacharya, Alumnus

    Greeshma Mohan, PhD

    Divya Garg, Alumnus

    Deeksha Yadav, Alumnus

    Alex Joseph, MA

    Sandhya Devesan Nambiar, Alumnus

    CS Bhagya, Alumna

    Sucheto Nath, MA

    Archana Deka, PhD

    Jigisha Bhattacharya, Alumna

    Vrinda Sharma, MA

    Akash Raha, PhD

    Priyanka Das, PhD

    Arpita Pandey, PhD

    Gorvika Rao, Alumnus

    Saronik Bosu, Alumnus

    Srija Naskar, Alumnus

    Salih Malol, Provisional PhD

    Thayee Krishna, MA

    Sharon Ann Philip, PhD

    Amit Baishya, Alumnus

    Soaham Mandal, PhD

    Suresh Gaikwad, PhD

    Girish Dahiya, PhD

    Apoorva Dimri, MA

    Apala Bhowmick, Alumna

    Ajith Cherian, PhD

    Debanjana Nayek, PhD

    Anuj Gupta, Provisional Phd

    Aditi Kumar, MA

    Tapasya Narang, Alumna

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