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

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