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JNU missing student: AMU students seek CBI probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AMU Students’ Union demanded a CBI inquiry on Wednesday into the mysterious disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who has remained untraced for 74 days. In a memorandum sent to President Pranab Mukherjee, the union alleged that instead of trying to trace Ahmed, police was harassing the family of the missing student and shielding criminals.Ahmed, an MSc Biotechnology student, went missing on October 15 after a scuffle, allegedly with ABVP affiliated students at his hostel inside the JNU campus. His mother Fatima Nafees and sister Sadaf were detained by police when they along with scores of agitating students tried to take out a protest march to India Gate in New Delhi on November 6. Fatima was virtually dragged into a bus by police along with other students.The memorandum said the same forces which had compelled Dalit student Rohit Vemula to commit suicide in Hyderabad earlier this year were behind Ahmed’s disappearance. AMU students led by their union president Faizul Hasan held a demonstration in Aligarh on Tuesday and threatened to intensify their stir if government did not fulfil their demand.Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) has also asserted that they will continue with their protest on the issue. Delhi Police has announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for information about Ahmed, while the Crime Branch is trying to trace him without any success so far.

AMU students’ union now demands CBI inquiry into Najeeb Ahmed’s disappearance

Aligarh: AMU Students’ Union on Wednesday demanded a CBI inquiry into the mysterious disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who has remained untraced for 74 days.

In a memorandum sent to President Pranab Mukherjee, the union alleged that instead of trying to trace Ahmed, police was harassing the family of the missing student and shielding criminals.

Ahmed, an MSc Biotechnology student, went missing on 15 October after a scuffle, allegedly with ABVP affiliated students at his hostel inside the JNU campus.

JNU. Image courtesy News18

JNU. Image courtesy News18

His mother Fatima Nafees and sister Sadaf were detained by police when they along with scores of agitating students tried to take out a protest march to India Gate in New Delhi on 6 November. Fatima was virtually dragged into a bus by police along with other students.

The memorandum said the same forces which had compelled Dalit student Rohit Vemula to commit suicide in Hyderabad earlier this year were behind Ahmed’s disappearance.

AMU students led by their union president Faizul Hasan held a demonstration in Aligarh on Tuesday and threatened to intensify their stir if government did not fulfil their demand.

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) has also asserted that they will continue with their protest on the issue.

Delhi Police has announced a reward of Rs ten lakh for information about Ahmed, while the Crime Branch is trying to trace him without any success so far.

First Published On : Dec 28, 2016 13:18 IST

8 students suspended from JNU for disrupting Academic Council meeting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The JNU administration has suspended eight students and withdrawn their hostel facilities for allegedly disrupting an Academic Council meeting, a move protested by the students’ union of the university. The meeting was chaired by VC Jagdesh Kumar on Monday. The university administration has also identified two former students who were allegedly involved in the incident.”Eight students who were identified to be involved in disruption of the meeting have been suspended and their hostel facilities have been withdrawn with immediate effect. A proctorial inquiry has also been instituted in the incident,” a JNU official said.The JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) “condemned” the move saying it will “resist” the suspension orders at all costs. “JNUSU condemns the suspension order against students. It will resist at all costs the suspension orders,” said the students’ union.Notices have been sent to the accused students by the proctor, the university official said, adding that action was taken as per preliminary findings and it will remain in effect till the inquiry is completed. A group of students was protesting outside the room where the Council meeting was underway. They allegedly “broke open the latch of the meeting room door” and came inside and “shouted at” the VC, the university said in a statement.The students belonged to Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA), Democratic Students’ Union (DSU), Students’ Front for Swaraj (SFS) and United OBC Forum. They were demanding that the Academic Council reconsider its decision to “adopt” a UGC gazette notification, dated May 2016, whereby interviews became the sole criterion of admissions to MPhil and PhD admissions. Earlier, JNU administration had suspended three students including Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and Mujeeb Gattoo for their involvement in a February 9 event on the campus where alleged anti-India slogans were raised.

Mumbai: Fire destroys Sydenham Management Institute’s library

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The library of Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE) was destroyed after a fire broke out at the College building in Churchgate on Sunday morning.Books, wooden furniture, and computers on the third floor of the Institute were destroyed. The fire spread rapidly because of books and wooden furniture​. Though the exact reason for the fire is not known yet, a short-circuit is believed to have caused the fire.“The entire floor will have to be cordoned off for some time. Students are on a term break at present, but once classes begin on January 2, we will need to find classrooms. We are yet to assess the total damage,” an official from the college told Hindustan Times.Official said that the restoration work will take time.“We received a call at 5.21 am and the blaze was doused by 7.30 am. As it was a holiday, crowd management wasn’t a problem.” said an official from the fire department.Four fire tenders and seven water tankers were sent to the spot. Fire officials suspect that a short-circuit may have caused the fire, but it is yet to be confirmed.

AMU students union claim Akhilesh Yadav govt has paid ‘lip service’ to Muslim quota demand

Sat, 24 Dec 2016-05:40pm , Aligarh , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AMU Students Union has threatened to launch an agitation against Akhilesh Yadav Government if it fails to fulfil its promise of granting 18% quota to Muslims, made at the time of last Assembly elections. In a memorandum sent to the Chief Minister on Saturday, the Students’ Union said SP government has paid only “lip service” to the long standing demands of Muslims and has failed to even implement the recommendations of the Sachar Committee. “What is worse, it has made no serious attempt to fulfil even those commitments which were a part of the SP’s election manifesto in 2011,” the Union said.Earlier on Friday, members of the Union held a protest march to highlight their anger over Samajwadi Party’s failure to safeguard the interests of minorities in the state. The protesters marched up to the gate of the District Collectorate, raising slogans against state government. The President of the AMU Students’ Union, Faizul Hasan told media persons that it was ironical that while the SP had recently decided to include 17 fresh OBC castes in the SC quota list, Muslims had to remain content just on empty promises and lip services.

IIT-Kharagpur students protest increase in fees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protesting against the rise in semester fees, several officials of IIT-Kharagpur including the director, deputy director, dean, and registrar were gheraoed by students of the premier institution for about 15 hours.The gherao was lifted Wednesday morning after intervention of officials from the Hijli outpost located on campus. Students however, maintained that their protest would continue.On December 7, a notice was issued by the IIT administration saying that there would be a hike in the semester fees by about Rs 7550. “As a result, the expenses for research scholars and M Tech students would shoot up to Rs 37,000 from being a little over Rs 29,000 at present. We have to pay semester fees every six months,” said one of the protesters. He also alleged that faculty members have retorted to their protest saying that if they were so unhappy with the fee structure they should not have come to study at the IIT.It was found out that a research scholar and an M Tech student get a stipend of Rs 25,000 and Rs 12,400, respectively.A student said that given the stipend it was as it is very difficult to manage, especially for those who came from economically weak families. “In a recent development, the menu of the mess here has been generalised and we don’t get to choose what we eat and will have to eat off a set menu, and on top of that we have to pay Rs 90 daily for food,” said another protester. He also alleged that the fee hike was only for IIT-Kharagpur and no other IITs of the country have done so.Students chanting slogans and holding placards demonstrated in front of the Director’s building yesterday at about 10pm, preventing officials from leaving.Institute officials said that the fee hike was owing to the payment of salary to some of the institute employees. “The director and the registrar have talked to the students’ representatives this morning and it has been decided that the problem would be solved through a dialogue. Although the fee structure remains as it was according to the last notification, there is possibility of a restructuring after another round of meeting with the students’ representatives,” said a senior official of the institute.Later, talking to DNA, registrar of the institution, Pradip Payne said that the protest was mainly against the rise in charges for the hostel and hostel mess. Maintaining that there was no police intervention he said,

JNU missing student case: Police concludes campus search, to quiz Nejeeb’s roommate

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday concluded its massive search in JNU campus without any success and will be conducting a lie-detector test on Najeeb Ahmed’s roommate Mohd Qasim on Wednesday as it stepped up efforts to get clues regarding the mysterious disappearance of the student since 15 October.

Police have so far served notices to six people, including family members of Najeeb as well as the students with whom he was allegedly involved in a brawl at his hostel a night before he vanished, said a senior police officer.

Representational image. CNN-News18

Representational image. CNN-News18

The police, represented by senior standing counsel for Delhi government Rahul Mehra, had told Delhi High Court that four students, who are suspected of beating up Najeeb, would be put to lie-detector tests to get leads or clues about his disappearance and whereabouts.

“We have served notices to six people and after their consent, we will be carrying out the tests. Qasim gave his consent and he will be put to a lie-detector test tomorrow (Wednesday),” said the officer.

Many of the students have gone to their homes for vacations, which is hindering investigation, he said. Meanwhile, more than 600 Delhi Police personnel assisted by sniffer dogs concluded their search of the sprawling JNU campus but could not find any clues of the missing student.

Police team began its search around 9 AM today under the supervision of DCP (Crime Branch) G Ram Gopal Naik and finished by 3 PM. The search had begun yesterday and almost 60-70 percent of the campus was covered while the remaining campus was scanned on Tuesday.

All agencies of Delhi Police including Special Cell, Special Branch and the local police, pooling more than 600 personnel scanned the interiors and residential areas, the official said.

Najeeb has been missing since October 15 after an alleged scuffle at his hostel with ABVP students on the night of 14 October. A reward of Rs 10 lakh has been announced by Delhi Police on any information about Najeeb.

The massive search was mounted following a Delhi High Court order last week directing the police to scan the entire JNU campus including hostels, classrooms as well as rooftops of the buildings with help of sniffer dogs.

After scanning the campus, the police is likely to ask JNU administration to beef up its security.

“We have observed that the forest area is quite dense and students go there even late in the night. We will request JNU authorities to increase security inside the campus for the safety of students,” said an officer.

First Published On : Dec 20, 2016 21:54 IST

Yasin Bhatkal sentenced to death: All you need to know about the Indian Mujahideen co-founder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yasin Bhatkal, born as Mohammed Ahmed Siddibappa, and co-founder of banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen was on Monday awarded death penalty by a special NIA court in Hyderabad in the February 2013 Hyderabad blasts case. The simultaneous detonation of two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) near the Dilsukhnagar bus stop on February 21, 2013, had killed 21 and injured 107.Yasin Bhatkal figured very high on the list of India’s most wanted terrorists. In 2013, he was arrested by Indian agencies near the border in Nepal. Here’s all you need to know about Yasin Bhatkal:
ALSO READ Dilkhusnagar blasts: NIA court gives death penalty to IM founder Yasin Bhatkal and four others 1. Yasin was born in Bhatkal, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka in 1983. He was educated at Bhatkal’s AnjumanHami-e-Muslimeen school. He speaks English, Hindi, Urdu and Kannada and is believed to be an engineering graduate. 2. As a teenager, he left for Pune. He was later introduced to other members of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) as a trained engineer. This is in contradiction to the findings of the Pune police which found no documentation suggesting he ever studied in the city. Instead, investigators say, he spent much of his time with a hometown childhood friend, Unani medicine practitioner-turned-Islamist proselytiser Iqbal Ismail Shahbandri. Another theory suggests that he dropped out of class 10. 3. The Shahbandari brothers – Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, who were activists of the Students Islamic Movement of India, allegedly indoctrinated Bhatkal. They later launched the IM. 4. The 2013 Hyderabad attack is not the only terror attack that Bhatkal has been linked with. He has been involved in several terror attacks in the country and killings of hundreds of people. He allegedly played an important role in the 2010 German Bakery bomb blast in Pune. 5. Bhatkal is also believed to have played an important role in the 2011 bombings at Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House and Dadar, killing 26 people and injuring 130.6. 12 different states claim that Bhatkal planted bombs in at least 10 of the blasts that rocked the country since 2008. Ahmedabad (2008), Surat (2008), Jaipur (2008), New Delhi (2008), Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi (2010), Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru (2010), German Bakery in Pune (2011), Mumbai (2011), Hyderabad (2013) and Bengaluru (2013) are the various places where he is said to have carried out blasts. Chargesheets have been filed by anti-terror agencies from all these places.7. Yasin is also believed to be an expert bomb-maker.8. It is also said that the reason why it took so long to nab Bhatkal was because he was a master of disguises.9. Bhatkal is one of the few criminals who reportedly did not use email. He used to live in rural areas and changed his address regularly. Additionally, according to the ATS he would discard both his SIM card and phone, immediately after making a call.

Will file PIL in SC on decision to exempt parties from tax on old notes: Kanhaiya Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar has criticised the Central government’s decision to exempt political parties from income tax on old notes deposited by them in banks, saying that a PIL will be filed in this regard in Supreme Court.An online petition has been circulated for signatures of people opposing the government decision and soon a PIL will be filed at Supreme Court after due consultation with lawyers, Kanhaiya said. “We are contacting lawyers and we are going to file a PIL for revoking the exemption from IT scrutiny to political parties for deposits in old notes in the face of demonetization. We have already started taking signatures on an online petition regarding this,” he said.The Central government yesterday said political parties depositing old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in their accounts will be exempt from income tax. Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said that deposits in bank accounts of political parties are not to be taxed. “If it is a deposit in the account of a political party, they are exempt. But if it is deposited in an individual’s account then that information will come into our radar. If the individual is putting money in his own account, then we will get information,” he said.The online petition addressed to the Chief Justice of India opposed this move as “patently unfair” to the citizenry of the country. “Given the extraordinary nature of this measure (demonetization) which has affected every citizen and business’s financial autonomy and brought their records under scrutiny; the exemption granted to political parties from any scrutiny from income tax authorities whatsoever in this regard, seems patently unfair to the citizenry,” the petition read.

Delhi HC reserves verdict on foreign publishers plea in book photocopy case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its judgement on a petition by leading foreign publishers against a single judge verdict allowing sale of photocopies of textbooks published by them by a shop located at the Delhi University (DU) campus.A bench of Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Yogesh Khanna concluded hearing arguments in the matter during which the DU came out in support of the photocopier, saying public interest of students should be given priority over private interest. However, the publishers – Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press (UK), Cambridge University Press India Pvt Ltd, Taylor and Francis Group (UK) and Taylor and Francis Books India Pvt Ltd – sought reversal of the single judge September 16 order contending that sale of photocopies of books published by them affect their market share.Their submissions was opposed by senior advocate Aman Sinha, appearing for DU, on the ground that “object of Copyright Act is to increase knowledge and not to impede it”. “We are developing country with limited resources and huge population and public interest comprising of students, teachers, education has to be given priority over private interest of only handful of copyright owners for financial gains,” he told the bench.Sinha referred to the provisions of the Copyright Act 1957, and said language of the statute is “clear and unambiguous” and section 52(1)(i) has been specifically incorporated for the benefit of students. “Thus, a beneficial legislation has to be construed and interpreted in a manner which will benefit the students who are the purported beneficiaries of this legislation,” he said.Countering the submissions, senior advocate Pratibha M Singh and advocate Saikrishna Rajgopal, who appeared for the petitioners, said their clients also provide customised content and sale of photocopies of books published by them affect their market share. “The university, colleges and photocopiers should take a licence before xeroxing material published by petitioners,” Singh said, adding that petitioners are not just publishing textbooks but are providing content online and provisions of the Act have to be interpreted as per “digital exploitation” of the material. “Simply by arguing public interest, copyright cannot be trampled upon. The section 52(1)(i) of the Act has to be interpreted correctly in law,” she said.The publishers have approached the division bench against the September 16 order claiming Rameshwari Photocopy Service in DU was infringing upon their copyright over the text books. The order, which brought cheers to many students by rejecting the publishers’ 2012 plea against the sale of photocopies of their textbooks, said copyright in literary works does not confer “absolute ownership” to the authors.It also lifted a ban on the shop from selling photocopies of chapters from textbooks of foreign publishers to students. In their plea before the division bench, the publishers have contended “we seek assurance that copyright law in India will balance the interests of those creating learning materials here in India as well as globally, with those requiring access to them in a fair and sustainable manner”.

‘Special’ kids show sporting side on World Disability Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>These kids may be special but their infectious enthusiasm at the Second Annual Special Sports Meet held to mark World Disability Day showed that they were dependent on no one. At least, not on the playing field. Students from local schools like Upasna, Green Ribbon, Udaan, Stimulus, Billabong International participated in the event which was held at Kothari International School Sec 50 Noida.Children in the age group of 3 years to 16 years made their parents proud as they participated in different races and games. The parents were equally involved in all the activities as they beamed and cheered on their kids.Talking to DNA, Meena Vardhan, mother of Akash Vardhan who was one of the participants said, “I worked as an organiser, volunteer and host in these types of events and I really support them in each event.” “Parental support is the most important thing for a child and i support my kid in every other way. It is really good that schools are merging with this foundation,” said Vikas Sharma, father of another of the special participants.The event involved activities like a one legged race for the age group of 8-11 years, shotput for 5-7 years, basketball for 12-16 years, hit the target (throw ball) for 3-5 years and 6-8 years and many more sports.Volunteers said that such events, if held regularly, would help boost the confidence of the participants. “It is the second sports meet and it is beautiful experience to see all these children participating,” said a volunteer.Sharing her experience about the meet, Dr Sonali Kataria Co-founder of Sunrise Learning Foundation said, “This second sports meet is different from the first one as it involved more participants and volunteers this time. We help the children to feel the joy of participation, competing and wining.”Winners were awarded special prizes, certificates and medals were awarded as a gesture to boost their confidence and learning skills.

Jammu and Kashmir: A university funded by religious faith is a centre of inclusive liberality

Inside the large hall, two young men in jeans and a young woman in leotards take turns at the drum set. One of them is trying it for the first time. Another student toys with the synthesizer, while another two jam on electric guitars, one of them a bass. A large mixer stands on a table in the middle of the room, wired for sound.

Another student squats in a cozy corner just outside the music hall, to practice the tabla. He is obviously talented, and the pleasure on his face as he practises a fast rhythm is sublime.
This is the music society of the Sri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), on the second floor of one of the academic buildings, on a normal late-semester evening. The University sprawls on what used to be rocky bushland between the highway and the little town of Katra. It is a 40-minute drive from Jammu on the national highway to the Kashmir Valley.

SMVDU campus. Image courtesy: http://www.smvdu.ac.in/

SMVDU campus. Image courtesy: http://www.smvdu.ac.in/

In the cool dark of the campus, a brilliantly lit basketball court looks like a scene from a Hollywood movie, as students practise in shorts and vests.

In just over a decade since it was established, this university has matured into a metaphor for the rounded development of young people. It is the only place in north India with a state-of-the-art biotechnology lab. And it has an outstanding architecture college, the only one in Jammu and Kashmir. Plus, of course, it buzzes with extracurricular activities.

At the University guest house, one bumps into extraordinary academics. Kisor Chakrabarti, for instance, was professor of philosophy at Princeton, Duke and Berkeley before he retired as the vice-president for academics of a college in the US — though he insists on being introduced as a former Calcutta University lecturer.

Chakrabarti enjoys being at the SMVDU enough to have returned to the University a third time — to deliver a series of lectures to the philosophy faculty and PhD candidates. “I am most impressed by the high quality of courses offered at this University, the attention and care which the faculty continually provides to their students, and the stunningly beautiful campus,” he says, measuring his words carefully.

Hub of inclusivity

But perhaps far more important than all these is a less obviously noticeable aspect of this institution: It is a harmonious island of not only high achievement, but also of inclusiveness, in a generally troubled and divided state.

The state’s education minister Naeem Akhtar pointed out at a function at the University’s Matrika Auditorium on Wednesday evening that the institution, entirely funded by contributions by devout Hindus (at the Vaishno Devi shrine nearby), has opened its doors wide to students of every kind.

Indeed, one noticed during a visit to the University during Ramzan a few years ago that special arrangements had quietly been made in a hostel kitchen to provide Sehri and Iftar (pre-dawn and post-sunset) meals to Muslim students who wanted to keep the annual month-long fast. There was no propaganda projection of these arrangements; it was simply what the University did for students it considered its own. The University’s dynamic Vice-chancellor, Sanjeev Jain, says matter-of-factly: “We never differentiate on caste, creed and all that.”

Tabligh preaching was the fashion in those days. So some students from the Kashmir Valley kept long beards, short pyjamas and skull caps. One of them noticeably averted his face when he passed a woman. Another sat with their girl friends of different backgrounds in the coffee shops and canteens. Neither seemed to attract a reaction.

Not only do students from various backgrounds seem to be readily included in the University’s life, several students and teachers go out of their way to make them feel at home. “Students tend to avoid loose talk (everyday abusive punctuation) among themselves when Kashmiris are around. They are aware that these come from a more refined culture,” says Dr Varun Kumar Tripathi, who supervises cultural programmes as chair of the University’s cultural council.

“Teachers are also careful,” he adds. “They make an effort to ensure that a Kashmiri student has no problems.”

This University has worked hard from the time it was established to nurture an inclusive culture. One reason it may have succeeded better than others is that it has remained select: It only has about 1,600 students. On the other hand, its infrastructure was liberally funded by the Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, which draws more pilgrims than any other shrine in north India and so has vast funds.

So efficiently did the second vice-chancellor (Prof NK Bansal, formerly of IIT Delhi) build it up that it draws students from across north India and a few from south India too. Indeed, the inclusivity of the place can also be seen in the hostel menus — idlis for breakfast on certain days, for instance.

Naeem Akhtar pointed out in his speech that the University has a central locational advantage to play an inclusive role in a state that is more diverse in culture, languages and ethnicities than any other.

Akhtar drew applause when he said that people of different backgrounds have to live together in this country. We must therefore remove the thorn of distrust deep in our hearts regarding persons from identity groups different to our own.

If a University is meant to draw universal knowledge to open a world of opportunities to its students and the society it serves, this beleaguered state surely needs top-drawer universities. SMVDU seems to be climbing fast and sure on the steep path to the ‘highest international levels of excellence’ which its mission statement charted.

First Published On : Dec 2, 2016 10:27 IST

Najeeb Ahmed case: JNU students union to go on indefinite sit-in

New Delhi: JNU students union on Tuesday decided to start an indefinite sit-in at the varsity’s administration block protesting the university’s decision to not allow protests.

The administration had warned the students union to avoid any protests or demonstration at the venue, which is now known as “Freedom square” or face disciplinary action.

“Today after not getting any reply from administration JNUSU has decided to go for indefinite sit-in at the
administration block against scuttling of protest space and scuttling justice in Najeeb’s case,” JNUSU President Mohit Pandey said.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The students are protesting against alleged inaction by the administration on the issue of the missing first year MSc student Najeeb Ahmed. Ahmed went missing from the campus on 15 October after he was allegedly assaulted by ABVP members during a hostel election campaign a night before.

The university on 3 November and on Monday wrote to Pandey to not hold any meetings/ demonstrations near the administrative block or face action. “But it has come to the notice of the administration that you are going to hold a protest at the administrative block. You are once again advised not to hold the above mentioned activity near the administrative block, otherwise necessary disciplinary action will be taken as per university rules,” the letter said.

The administration said that it has received complaints from residents living around and staff working in the block that they are getting disturbed and “such” activities should be held at either Open Theatre or Students’ Activity Centre.

Stating that in 45 days since Ahmed went missing the administration didn’t mention once in any of its reports that Ahmed was allegedly assaulted by group of students connected to ABVP, Pandey said, “JNU administration did not think this case is important for them and did not send anybody to reply in court.”

“Now there is a permanent ban on protests near administration block and JNU administration is threatening
students and JNUSU that do the protests around KC and open theatre and don’t do protest around ad block. VC is in a permanent denial to meet students and reply them.”

“He meets with RSS delegates, with ABVP members but not with union. This is the state of Sanghi administration in our university. A student is missing from university after he was assaulted by ABVP goons. Justice in this case is missing. Accountability is missing,” he added.

First Published On : Nov 29, 2016 21:17 IST

Show not your skin, Delhi police advise students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Don’t post sexually provocative poses and don’t show too much skin.” No, this was not an angry parent berating her child but the Delhi police. In a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation given to 90 schools, addressing an estimated 5,300 children, the police apparently decided that it wasn’t just enough to enforce the law they needed to play the ‘moral police’ as well.The presentation, which has been accessed by DNA, will be made available to a further 876 schools across the capital soon.The presentations, which started from November 2 and are ongoing, came about after a directive by Delhi police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma. Under this directive, the Delhi police started a programme entitled “Protect Children On The Net” where officials are meant to educate students about existing cyber laws of the country and the dangers of sexual predators online.”Online predators do not fit any one mould or stereotype. They come from all walks of life—seemingly upstanding citizens have been caught enticing children for sexual acts,” stated the presentation.Police officials have also told students — in the presentation— that predators on social networking sites and chat rooms may try to gain their trust by making promises, sending cool gifts or offering them affection and attention. “They may also talk about inappropriate things, send you sexually explicit images, ask for your personal information, or ask you to do things that make you feel uncomfortable.””Posting information like your name, your school, or your address could put you in a dangerous position and at the risk of victimisation. Someone looking to harm you could easily follow you and know what time of the day you will be at each location,” Delhi police officers told students.So far, so good. But post this information came the moral policing. Cops pointed out that students needed to behave in a “decent” manner online. “Sexually provocative photos and videos not only convey the wrong image, but may also catch the eye of a predator,” said Delhi police advised students.The cops also went on to say that by showing “too much skin” students were actually “enticing someone unknown on the internet who may later try to persuade to do inappropriate things.” And after this moral tirade, came a threat. Students were given examples of fellow students who had been suspended from school and lost career and educational opportunities, due to inappropriate information being posted on their profiles and blogs.The police also gave an example of a student whose social networking password was leaked and thereafter a “morphed nude photograph of hers were sent to everyone on her address book.”The police’s insensitivity in dealing with students has left some activists incensed. Bharti Ali, Founder and Director of HAQ: Centre for Child Rights, a Delhi-based NGO, working towards securing child rights, told DNA.”It is scary that the police are intruding into the private space of children. If they are educating children, they need to be more sensitive. There is no issue in educating kids but intruding into their personal space and directing them what to do and what not to do is, frankly, frightening.”Countering Ali’s claims, senior cops claim the slides should not be seen in isolation as the presentation addresses the larger problem of young minds falling prey to online predators.

Laughed a little when introduced in court as someone who ‘has even been to Kashmir’: Kanhaiya Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU Students Union Kanhaiya Kumar whose arrest in a sedition case created a nationwide debate on definition of nationalism recalls that he was introduced to the judge in the courtroom as “somebody who has even been to Kashmir”.”In the courtroom, the judge asked to show the video of the February 9 incident. He remarked that the boy (me) is not seen as shouting slogans in the video, the IO responded saying that he had sufficient evidence against me and I have even been to Kashmir,” Kanhaiya says in his recently published memoir “Kanhaiya Kumar-From Bihar to Tihar”.”I laughed a little to myself when I heard this exchange. It’s true what they say. One can find humour in the most unlikely of places,” he adds.The student leader further says, “I was taken by surprise when I was asked why did I shout slogans against the country? I found this very strange. When did I shout slogans against the country? I have been shouting slogans against Modi and that’s no secret. Had Modi now become the country?””By now I was beginning to get the feeling that something was seriously wrong. On what grounds had I been arrested, I asked them. Where was the warrant? They replied- ‘you will get the warrant in jail. There, you’ll get everything’,” he adds. Kanhaiya recalls how 20 days in jail seemed like a “lifetime” to him and how he felt like he was addressing the nation when he made a speech at the university’s administration block which is now known as “Freedom Square”.Kanhaiya was arrested in February on charges of sedition in connection with a controversial event at the JNU campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. His arrest had triggered widespread outrage and protests. He was released on bail on March 3.In the book, he has talked about his journey from a nondescript Bihar village to Tihar jail and the February 9 incident which catapulted him to the centre stage of student’s politics.

Thanking the Sun God of Fertility

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Wangala festival, also known as the Hundred Drums Festival, is a harvest festival celebrated by the Garo tribe of Meghalaya and in the neighbouring areas of Assam and Bangladesh. Marking an end to the agricultural year and the beginning of winter, it is an annual festival usually celebrated in the second week of November.Thousands of people gather together in dance, music, rituals and festivities to give thanks to Misi Saljong — the Sun God of Fertility, also known as the Great Giver, and offer prayers for the next cultivation cycle. Manseng Gitok, Assistant General Secretary of North East Students Organisation and Adviser of Garo Students Union, gave an overview of the three-day festival which begins with a ritual called Rugala on the first day.“In this ceremony, the village chief — called Nokma, offers produce from the first harvest to Misi Saljong in the form of a non-refined brew of rice known as Chu along with cooked rice and vegetables,” he explained. Since the Garos do not have idols, the ritual takes place in front of the Nokma’s house. Cha’chat So’a is performed on the second day in which the Nokma scatters rice all over his house, as drums beat in the background to symbolise rain and celebrate the sowing season. He then burns incense sticks, the smoke signifying rain clouds.The final day is marked by Dani Doka which involves singing folk songs describing Wangala, followed by the Wangala dance competitions in which one can witness the ultimate culmination of the best in traditional Garo wear known as dohkmanda.The name ‘Hundred Drums Festival’ derives from this competition, in which 10 troupes of 10 drummers are selected from different settlements every year. “The dance competition lasts through the entire third day and the participants are judged by the Nokma,” said Gitok.They wear traditional feathered turbans called kotips, colourful cotton scarves called pandras and are seen beating oblong drums called damas. A parallel queue of young women dance to the rhythmic sound of the drums, bamboo flutes and ancient trumpets made of buffalo horn.Birth of WangalaThe Garo tribe identify themselves as ‘people of the hills.’ Their traditions are inspired by nature. As legend goes, Wangala is the dance of creatures inhabiting water bodies, and many of the original styles are inspired by crabs.It is said that humans didn’t know how to dance so the crabs taught them on land. Although Wangala forms the cultural identity of the Garo tribe and has been practised since time immemorial, the first Wangala Hundred Drums festival was held in 1976 as an effort to preserve the culture.Ever since, the festival has been a grand carnival of celebration for both the young and old of the tribe. It has also become an annual congregation for those of the tribe who have migrated to cities and metros.The traditional festival is organised at Asananggre, 15 km from Tura, the largest town in Garo. This year, V. Shanmuganathan, Governor of Meghalaya is the chief guest at the festival which began on Nov 10 and ends today.

JNU missing student: As police, protesters fail to locate Najeeb, Markanday Katju points to legal recourse

Former Supreme Court (SC) judge Markanday Katju, in a Facebook post on Monday, urged the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students protesting the inaction following the disappearance of fellow student Najeeb Ahmed, to file a petition before the SC to further the investigation.

Katju asked the students to file a petition under Article 32 of the Constitution, thereby forcing the Delhi Police, that falls under the jurisdiction of the Central government, into action. Najeeb has been missing for the past 24 days, following an alleged quarrel between two student groups in the university.

One of the writ petitions available to citizens under Article 32, for enforcement of their fundamental rights, is Habeas Corpus. Under this right, the court can issue appropriate directives to the police authorities to make serious efforts in finding the missing student.

The protest, led by the JNU Student Union (JNUSU), has been not been effective enough, owing to the insensitive approach employed by the Delhi police. On Monday morning, pictures of the police dragging Fatima Nafees, Najeeb’s mother, into a bus along with other protesting students were splashed on the front page of many national dailies.

The police and the protesters have failed to locate Najeeb Ahmed till date. CNN News 18The police and the protesters have failed to locate Najeeb Ahmed till date. CNN News 18

The police and the protesters have failed to locate Najeeb Ahmed till date. CNN News 18

It is truly perplexing how the Delhi Police, which was so efficient in curbing these protests, has failed to find the missing student till now.

In an interview with Firstpost, former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, while responding to a question on why this issue had not received the same support from the student community as his arrest had.

“This time around, there are many versions of the issue. My arrest was seen as a crackdown and an attack on the university, and that united the students. On this particular issue, the current student union has not been able to forge a unity,” Kanhaiya said.

Responding to the protestors’ allegations that Najeeb had been abducted and ‘harmed’ by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members, Kumar said, “I don’t think so. This is not the culture of JNU. There is a difference between ABVP of JNU and ABVP of other campuses.”

He added, “The fact that some outsiders were also involved in the alleged scuffle is an important aspect and if some untoward incident took place because of their involvement, I cannot say.”

Saurabh Sharma, former member of JNUSU, said, “We too are concerned about Najeeb’s safety but what is happening here is politics. I am not condoning the police action against Najeeb’s mother but the police has to maintain the law and order. She is being misled by the Left parties. What is the need to drag her in these protests? She should rather meet the Delhi Police Commissioner and people like Katju, who are trying to help her.”

The JNU administration has been persistently making appeals to the protesting students to maintain peace but 24 days is too long a period for just appeals to work. This has led to a growing discontent that can easily be felt in the campus.

Since Najeeb’s disappearance, all stakeholders have acted irresponsibly, overlooking options that would have actually borne results. On 19 October, JNU vice-chancellor M Jagdeesh Kumar and other top university officials were confined in their office for an entire day by the protesting students. Following that, the Delhi Police has stopped every protest by the students, creating even more discontent.

Adding to this, the JNU administration, on 26 October 26, issued a 25-point bulletin detailing the timeline of the case and the actions taken – which was quickly marked as ‘biased’ by the students and teachers alike.

According to an Indian Express report, the varsity’s teachers association criticised the administration for “selectively omitting” the fact that he was attacked during a brawl, the night before he went missing.

Ayesha Kidwai, a professor at JNU, wrote in a Facebook post, “At the heart of the matter is who committed the violence on 14 October. By the warden’s report on 15 October, it was only Najeeb, who is said to have admitted his mistake of striking a fellow student without any provocation,”

“Just yesterday, 83 teachers of JNU had pointed that out in a context that Najeeb had been allegedly beaten (as per several eyewitnesses who have also lodged a complaint)…such an admission of culpability cannot be said to have been made in free and fair conditions,” Kidwai said in her post.

She added, “This bulletin clearly indicates that the JNU administration is still proceeding with the ‘Najeeb-as-accused’ narrative. It has completely suppressed all reference to the contents of the wardens’ letter of 16 October and takes no cognisance of the fact that eyewitnesses have clearly named the alleged perpetrators of violence and abuse against Najeeb. However, there is no mention at all of the counter allegations throughout the report; indeed if anything, the aim of the whole exercise seems to be to avoid naming them. Indeed, even the terms of reference of its own proctorial enquiry have been vaguely worded.”

While the ABVP is being accused of ‘hurting’ Najeeb, its supporters are stressing that he has been hidden by some professors and students, who want to take political advantage of this incident.

While such claims cannot be verified, it just hints at the intense polarisation of the discourse in the campus, where the question that who did it to Najeeb has become more important than what actually happened to him.

JNU missing student row: Najeeb’s mother, sister detained, released for taking out protest march

New Delhi: Mother and sister of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who is missing since 23 days, were  on Sunday detained when they along with scores of agitating students tried to take out a protest march to India Gate demanding intensified efforts from police in tracing him.

Fatima Nafees, mother of Najeeb, was virtually dragged into a bus by police along with other students when they were on their way to India Gate, triggering criticism from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who decided to visit the police station.

Fatima and her daughter Sadaf, were later released.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal met President Pranab Mukherjee, and said he has been assured that the President will seek a report from the Home Ministry and the JNU administration on the issue.

“People who were involved in the brawl with Najeeb were questioned by the police yesterday, 22 days after he went missing. That was also a formality. We have apprised the President of the matter. He has assured us that he will seek a report from Delhi Police and JNU in this regard,” he said.

The Chief Minister also submitted a memorandum to the President expressing concern over the “worrisome” situation prevailing in JNU.

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Delhi Police, which blocked all roads leading to the area since afternoon, said permission for the protest was not granted and that section 144 of the CrPC was imposed in the India Gate area because of Chhat Puja.

The protest comes days after Kejriwal and other opposition party leaders visited the university during a protest regarding the missing student. There, in his address to the students, Kejriwal had said “Let’s sit on a protest at the India Gate”.

Najeeb (27), a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before.

“The shameless Delhi Police, which failed to find Najeeb for the last 23 days, have misbehaved with Najeeb’s mother. She was beaten up and dragged into the police van. His sister is also detained,” said Satarupa Chakraborty, general secretary of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union.

Najeeb’s family were detained at Mayapuri police station but when Kejriwal reached they had left.

“Police saying she has been sent home in a police van. Will wait here till she reaches home,” he tweeted.

He also vented his ire against Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying “It is obvious police doesn’t act it own, it follows its bosses. Earlier Congress tortured people taking shelter behind police now Modi is doing the same. Hay lagegi apko (you will be cursed)”.

Meanwhile, police officials denied that agitating students or Najeeb’s family were manhandled.

“During protest by JNU students today, none have been manhandled. A group of JNU students along with Najeeb’s mother assembled near Archaeological Survey of India building. They were persuaded not to move towards India Gate. They didn’t agree and were adamant to move ahead. They all were taken into a bus to Mayapuri police station. Fatima Nafees was duly attended to by lady Police officers and dropped at her place of stay,” a police statement said.

Alleging inaction on part of the administration, JNU Student’s Union (JNUSU) has been agitating against Najeeb’s disappearance from campus.

The protesting students had even confined the Vice Chancellor (VC) and other senior officials in the administrative building for over 20 hours last week. Following directives from the Union Home Ministry, Delhi Police formed a special investigation team (SIT) to trace the missing student.

JNU missing student: BJP accuses AAP of ‘orchestrating’ protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Congress and the Left of “orchestrating” the protest by JNU students at India Gate, saying they cannot digest the “good work” done by the Narendra Modi government. BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said the party prays that JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing since October 14, is found safe, adding that it was “tragic” that he could not be traced yet. “The police permission was taken for Jantar Mantar but they have intentionally gone to India Gate where Section 144 of CrPC is imposed. Arvind Kejriwal had gone to (JNU) campus a few days back and influenced the students to take this step,” Sharma alleged. He asserted that none of the political leaders in the opposition had any concern for the missing students and that they were only “playing politics”.”The opposition, be it the AAP, Congress or the Left cannot digest the fact that the Modi government is fulfilling all its promises even as they can’t. It is shameful that they are using students to hit out at the Modi government,” Sharma said. He claimed that the BJP was providing a corruption-free government and hence the opposition was trying to use various incidents to attack it. Stating that the opposition was “devoid of ideas”, he slammed them for resorting to politically milk the tragic incident of a missing scholar. Najeeb, a Biotechnology student, has been missing since a brawl at his hostel on October 14. The Left-linked All India Students Association (AISA) has alleged that before he vanished, Najeeb was beaten up by activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which is linked to the RSS.The ABVP, however, has denied any involvement in his disappearance. The protest comes days within days of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders of the opposition parties visiting the university during a protest regarding the missing student. The students have accused the JNU authorities of “not doing enough” to trace him. Last month, the protesting students had kept the Vice-Chancellor, Rector and other University officials confined in the administrative block for a whole night, demanding that they take action to trace Najeeb. The police have announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for any information on Najeeb. The Delhi Police on Sunday detained the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who were staging protest against the authorities at the India Gate here for not taking firm steps to locate their missing colleague Najeeb Ahmed. Najeeb’s sister Sadaf Mosharraf, who was also among those detained by the police, vented her ire at the men in uniform.‘‘We were protesting very peacefully but the Delhi Police detained us without any reason,’ she said. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged that the Centre was adopting ‘dictatorship’ policy and violating the constitutional right of an individual by adopting such measures. ‘Why is the Prime Minister afraid of protests’ If one student is missing since the last 22 days then other students have the right to protest.This is their constitutional right and the government is trying to snatch their rights from them,’ said Kejriwal. Commenting on the Delhi Police’s move to summon nine people in connection with this case, Kejriwal said that the men in uniform have just done a formality in the name of investigation.‘The BJP is ruling the nation and Delhi Police is afraid of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). So, they didn’t have the courage to call the ABVP people from past 22 days and just for formality they called few ABVP members for interrogation yesterday,’ he said.Earlier today, Kejriwal met President Pranab Mukherjee to seek his intervention into the matter. Speaking to the media here after meeting with the President, Kejriwal pinned the blame on Delhi Police, accusing them of refusing to take action after coming under political pressure. The Chief Minister further said that President Mukherjee had assured him of seeking a report both from the JNU administration and the Delhi Police as well. Last week, Kejriwal had made a beeline to the JNU campus along with other party leaders to take on the Centre over the missing student. “The way the country has progressed in the last two years is of grave concern. Today Najeeb is missing. Tomorrow my son can go missing,” Kejriwal then said. Najeeb went missing on the intervening night of October 14 and 15 after allegedly being beaten up by a mob of 20 students comprising of the ABVP members, who had gone campaigning to his room for hostel elections.

JNU missing student case: BJP accuses AAP, Congress of ‘playing politics’ by staging protests

New Delhi: On Sunday the BJP accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Congress and the Left of “orchestrating” the protest by JNU students at India Gate, saying they cannot digest the “good work” done by the Narendra Modi government.

BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said the party prays that JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing since 14 October, is found safe, adding that it was “tragic” that he could not be traced yet.

“The police permission was taken for Jantar Mantar but they have intentionally gone to India Gate where Section 144 of CrPC is imposed. Arvind Kejriwal had gone to (JNU) campus a few days back and influenced the students to take this step,” Sharma alleged.

He asserted that none of the political leaders in the opposition had any concern for the missing students and that they were only “playing politics”.

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“The opposition, be it the AAP, Congress or the Left cannot digest the fact that the Modi government is fulfilling all its promises even as they can’t. It is shameful that they are using students to hit out at the Modi government,” Sharma said.

He claimed that the BJP was providing a corruption-free government and hence the opposition was trying to use various incidents to attack it.

Stating that the opposition was “devoid of ideas”, he slammed them for resorting to politically milk the tragic incident of a missing scholar.

Najeeb, a Biotechnology student, has been missing since a brawl at his hostel on October 14. The Left-linked All India Students Association (AISA) has alleged that before he vanished, Najeeb was beaten up by activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which is linked to the RSS.

The ABVP, however, has denied any involvement in his disappearance.

The protest comes days within days of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders of the opposition parties visiting the university during a protest regarding the missing student.

The students have accused the JNU authorities of “not doing enough” to trace him. Last month, the protesting students had kept the Vice-Chancellor, Rector and other University officials confined in the administrative block
for a whole night, demanding that they take action to trace Najeeb.

The police have announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for any information on Najeeb.

Audio clips of control room suggest killings of SIMI suspects were ordered from above

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madhya Pradesh Police officers, who were engaged in a shoot-out that killed eight suspected Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) members on Monday, after their escape from the Bhopal Central jail the same morning, seem to have been given the shoot-at-sight orders by the higher-ups of the police force.In two audio clips, which have the recorded conversation between the police control room and the MP police officers, clear messages that the men must be killed are heard. Conversations that senior police officers have ordered ‘the kill’ and are overlooking the operation from the police control room could also be heard.A senior police officer could be heard on the radio ordering his subordinates to kill all eight men (sabko nipta do). The order to allegedly kill the men comes before the police control room is informed that the men have fired upon the cops.In the clip, one person seems to be resistant to the idea of transporting the suspects to hospitals in ambulances. He argues that the authorities would end up spending money on the alleged SIMI members, in case anyone survives the shoot-out and is left with injuries only. Another person argues that the cops should spare at least one life. Even more interesting is how the voices in the clips are heard congratulating each other after killing the eight men and saying that “Bhopal has set an example”.The clips cast further doubts on the question of whether the accused men were armed at the time of the encounter as a person, believed to be a police officer, is heard saying that the escapees had fired upon the cops. Earlier, many contradictory versions came from various quarters of the MP government and the police.While the details on whether the men were armed or not gets murkier, the audio clips cleared several doubts on the encounter that have been raised in the past few days. Among the first is how the MP police claimed that the encounter lasted for an hour and was a result of a resistance by the SIMI suspects. The video clips, which are only 1.24 minutes and 9.22 seconds longer, suggest that the encounters lasted less than 10 minutes.The conversation starts with an individual laughing and saying: “There are five targets. They are running together. Another person responds: “Mike 12 and Sigma 113 go ahead, piche nahi hatna hai, jitni chargi hai unko bhi batao (Don’t retreat. Tell all police officers), surround them and finish off the job. The clips suggest that five of the eight men had been killed when they were spotted and the remaining three seem to have been running in a different direction but they too were shot dead.Another person is heard responding: Khel kardiya, ab ruk jao (The game is over, you can stop now), followed by expletives. The conversation reveals that the SP will also be going to the shoot-out site. Towards the end of the clips, a senior police officer is heard directing the police officers not to allow anyone near the encounter site in case another “farzi (fake) operation needs to be done”. The MP Police did not respond to DNA’s messages and phone calls.

Bhopal jailbreak: All you need to know about Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eight SIMI activists who were under trial were killed on Monday in an alleged encounter with police on the outskirts of Bhopal, hours after they escaped from the high-security Bhopal Central Jail after killing a security guard. The eight activists were identified as Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid, a police official said.SIMI was banned by the government of India in 2001. Here is what you need to know about this banned organisation.FOUNDATION OF THE ORGANISATION:Students Islamic Movement of India, or SIMI, was founded on April 25, 1977 in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. Mohammad Ahmadaullah Siddiqi was the founder of SIMI, who currently is a Professor of Journalism and Public Relations at the Western Illinois University in USA. It was launched as a student wing of Jammat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), however the alliance broke in 1981 after SIMI activists protested against Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat’s visit to India. Arafat was greeted with black flags upon his visit to New Delhi by SIMI activists. JIH eventually abandoned SIMI and floated a new student wing called the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO).IDEOLOGY:As an organisation, SIMI does not believe in the Indian Constitution or the secular order. SIMI is widely believed to be against Hinduism, western beliefs and ideals, as well as other ‘anti-Islamic cultures’. Young extremist students of SIMI declared Jihad against India; to establish Dar-ul-Islam (land of Islam) by either forced conversion or by violence is the aim of it.STRONG PRESENCE OF SIMI:SIMI has strong presence in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra (especially in Thane, Jalgaon, Malegaon and Aurangabad), Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram, Kondutty in Malappuram district), Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Assam. It is alleged that prominent Islamist organisations like Kerala-based National Democratic Front and Islamic Youth Centre (IYC), and Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK), are controlled by former SIMI cadres. BANNING OF THE ORGANISATION:Following the 9/11 attack in America, the Government of India banned SIMI under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for alleged anti-national activities. As soon as SIMI was outlawed, national president of the organisation Dr Shahid Badar Falah was arrested from Delhi and was charged with sedition and inciting communal trouble in Uttar Pradesh.Organisation’s secretary general, Safdar Nagori, who was absconding since 2001, was arrested in 2008 from Indore. He is alleged to have established links with Pakistan’s ISI and other Islamist fundamentalist leaders. SIMI is alleged to have conducted the 2006 Mumbai bomb blasts that killed 187 people. Top SIMI leader Abul Bashar Qasmi was arrested in August 2008 for allegedly being the mastermind behind the July 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts.

Bhopal jailbreak: Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan suspends five officials, including DIG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan suspended Deputy Inspector General of Bhopal Central Jail after eight activists of the banned group Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) escaped late on Sunday night.”We are suspending DIG Jail, and ADG Jail has already been removed,” Chouhan said following a high-level meeting on the jailbreak. He also said that they were making all efforts to nab the SIMI terrorists. Four other jail officials were also suspended for lapses.Security has been increased for the other prisoners.State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said that the jail administration’s negligence responsible for the escape.It is reported that the prisoners escaped at around 2 am using bed-sheets as rope. “The incident happened around 2 a.m. The terrorists used blankets and bed-sheets. They overpowered the two officers in charge and then opened the locks,” Arvind Saxena, Superintendent of Police (SP) told ANI. “The inmates made a rope with the help of bed sheets to jump over the walls. We have launched combing operations,” he added.For their escape, the prisoners chose Diwali night, when people across the country celebrate by bursting crackers. An extensive search operation has been launched in Bhopal and other places.

8 SIMI activists escape from Bhopal jail, one guard killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eight activists of the banned SIMI escaped early Monday morning from the Bhopal Central Jail by killing a security guard and scaling the prison wall with the help of bed sheets.”Eight SIMI activists escaped around 2-3 AM by killing a jail security guard,” DIG Bhopal Raman Singh told PTI.The Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists also killed a jail security guard and later scaled the jail walls with the help of bed sheets, he said. They killed the guard by slitting his throat with steel plate and glass after overpowering him, the DIG said.Further details are awaited, he said, adding that a hunt has been launched to nab them.

Police now intervenes in Ashoka University matter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police has initiated action against those who were a part of a petition in Ashoka University, supporting plebiscite in Kashmir. Haryana police has sought details about the email through which the petition was circulated and those who were involved in signing of the petition. The alumni member who initiated the petition is also being kept a watch over by the police. The police officials from Haryana’s Sonepat district visited the campus recently and submitted a letter to the Vice Chancellor seeking a report on the issue. “We have sought information on what was the e-mail that has been circulated and the action that has been taken on the students on the basis of the mail. Once we get the reply to the mail, we will take further action on its basis,” a senior police officer from Sonepat district said. “An ex-student had started the petition. We are keeping a watch on the student and those who are related to him,” the official added. A petition signed by 88 members of the university, addressed to the J&K government and the central government that condemned the violence after militant Burhan Wani’s death got circulated on social media. Following this, two members of the administrative staff quit the university, even as they cited personal reasons for this, the petition was being cited as the reason. Meanwhile, amidst fears of a clampdown of free speech in the university, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Rudrangshu Mukherjee in an internal communication to the students and faculty members reiterated: “Ashoka University is committed to free speech and the question of diluting this commitment does not arise”. “I would like to clarify that no staff or faculty have been dismissed for expressing their opinion by signing a petition,” he added. He also added that the “Kashmir petition’’ expressed the views of a very small group within the Ashoka community.

JKNSF chief condemns Pakistani Army atrocities in PoK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation president Sardar Talhah has highlighted the atrocities committed by the Pakistani Army on the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”In 1947, just months after partition, Pakistani forces, assisted by tribals, attacked the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir and indulged in plunder and the killing of innocents on an unprecedented level,” he said. The Pakistani Army, on October 22, 1947, some of them disguised as tribal invaders, attacked Jammu and Kashmir, killing thousands of people.Kashmiris across PoK are observing the day by demanding immediate withdrawal of the Pakistani forces from their territory.The tribals, known as Kabailies, were employed by Pakistan with a conspiracy to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir by executing genocide on the people. It was an attack by Pakistani Pathans on the Kashmiri people.”Thousands of people were killed, women were raped, young women were abducted and their whereabouts are still not known. To mark the day, a series of demonstrations and seminars are being held across PoK and other parts of the world,” he added.

Missing JNU student: Nearly 100 agitators detained after protesting outside Home Ministry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU students, who have been agitating for the last six days over a missing student, on Friday staged a protest outside Home Ministry alleging inaction in tracing him following which nearly 100 of them were detained.With the agitated students keeping Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar and other university officials confined to the university’s administrative block for over 20 hours, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had directed Delhi Police on Thursday to set up a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to trace the missing student.A student of School of Biotechnology, Najeeb Ahmed, allegedly went missing on Saturday following a brawl on the campus the night before. An FIR for kidnapping and wrongfully confining a person was lodged at Vasant Kunj North police station on Thursday after the police received a complaint from the student’s guardians.”It has been seven days and there is no sign of Najeeb. He was beaten up in front of senior warden of the hostel, security personnel and many students. All the eyewitnesses have given statement against the identified students but they are roaming freely,” JNU Students Union President Mohit Pandey said.According to police officials, around 80-100 students were detained as a preventive measure. Security was beefed up at Raisina Hill in anticipation of the protest. Vehicular movement was stopped on Raisina Road and police, and paramilitary forces deployed in and around the area after police received information that the university students would arrive to stage a protest.The students also submitted a memorandum to Home Ministry officials demanding speedy investigation into the case. JNUSU decided to change the mode of their protest after confinement of the VC and around 12 other officials attracted criticism from various quarters. Najeeb’s family, which has been camping inside the JNU campus for five days, also joined them in the protest on Friday.

JNU and the state of strife: Mindless protests against the admin won’t bring Najeeb Ahmed back

Imagine my surprise on Thursday morning when I found my Vice-Chancellor, Professor M Jagadesh Kumar on national TV. He was speaking of the harrowing night that he and the top JNU administrators spent confined inside the administration building, surrounded by a mob of slogan-shouting students. Just a few days back, on 15 October 2016, Najeeb Ahmed, a 27-year-old MSc Biotechnology student, had gone missing after an altercation in the Mahi-Mandavi Hostel. The students blamed the administration for not doing enough to bring him back to JNU. Therefore the gherao.

JNU V-C M Jagadesh Kumar coming out of office after being gheraoed by students. PTI

JNU V-C M Jagadesh Kumar coming out of office after being gheraoed by students. PTI

The actions of the students defy both common sense and logic. It is true that Najeeb was missing, but how can the university administration be held responsible? Moreover, how could illegally imprisoning the Vice-Chancellor and top officials of the university help restore Najeeb? In fact, a case of kidnapping has already been filed in the Vasant Kunj police station at the student’s mother’s behest; moreover, the University authorities had issued directives to the security, the wardens, and all concerned staff to try to find Najeeb. According to this directive, the JNU security were seen stopping incoming and outgoing auto-rickshaws, showing them a picture of Najeeb to ask if they had seen him. On Thursday evening, the Delhi Police also posted a reward of Rs 50,000 for information leading to his recovery, in addition to the SIT formed to look for him.

Events in JNU can better be understood in the light of victory of Left wing SFI-AISA combine, which won all four seats of the JNU Students Union elections held on 10 September 2016. Observers expected a continuous clash with the administration. The first flash point was the sleep-in organised in front of the administration building demanding immediate hostel accommodation for all students. Few universities anywhere in the world promise hostel accommodation along with admission; in Delhi University, Jamia Millia or Ambedkar University, for example, a vast number of the students, both undergraduate and graduate, must make their own arrangements. But in JNU hostel, accommodation is demanded as a right. It is alleged that the administration diverted money allocated to build hostels: anything to make students out to be victims of a callous and villainous administration.

It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the Students Union, affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), will use every opportunity to keep the pot boiling in JNU. Targeting the administration, and whenever possible, the Modi sarkar, is to be expected. JNU is being used as a political platform. Najeeb, we must not forget, has been identified as an AISA activist. What is nefarious is how Dalit and Muslim students have been used by the Left and ultra-Left to try to present the present government as anti-Dalit and anti-minority. Najeeb is from Badaun in UP, clearly something that might be used against the BJP in the forthcoming state elections.

But what is the truth behind the Najeeb incident? From eyewitness reports, it is learned that he slapped an ABVP student who had come to his door to campaign for a post on the hostel’s mess committee. After this, an altercation followed, and an on-the-spot inquiry held in which Najeeb was found guilty of misdemeanour. Even his roommate, also a Muslim, reportedly testified against him. During these proceedings, the warden and the JNUSU President, Mohit Pandey, were present.

Was he brutally assaulted afterwards as alleged? The pamphlets and reports put out by various anti-administration groups led by the Students Union vastly exaggerate facts. That he was brutally beaten till he was bleeding and unconscious is far from the truth. Yes, he was hit a couple of times, but he walked out to the auto-rickshaw on his own, escorted by one of the wardens. He had been asked to leave because of his misconduct. If he had been grievously injured, wouldn’t he have needed hospitalisation? What is more, where is the smartphone footage of his “lynching”?

Does this mean that the attack on him must be denied, ignored or white-washed? Not at all. A proper inquiry must be held and the guilty must be punished. By the same token, he should also be penalised for slapping a fellow-student twice. The university is no place for violence; here, dissent is not only permitted but welcomed. Students with differing views must learn to respect one another. Similarly, a university is not a place where a mob of students hijack the administration building, imprisoning their own faculty. Least of all should JNU be such a place. It is not that such gheraos have never happened in the past, but the university community has usually condemned them.

The anti-administration tactics of the Students Union are deplorable, as is their generally negative approach to everything that doesn’t conform to their narrow ideological credo. Much of the propaganda that they dish out, including their pamphlets and posters, are sheer fabrications combined with ideological bilge. On the other side, the ABVP needs also to rein in its cadres, especially in matters of orderly conduct. It helps no one to react violently, whether in word or action, in matters of political conflict, especially at a university.

As a long-standing faculty member of this university of national importance, I am deeply saddened over the recent events. We live in a deeply divided campus, with mutual distrust at an unprecedented high. Today, in varying degrees, both the Students Union and the Teachers Association of the university stand discredited. They have been unable to maintain peace and tranquillity, let alone the academic integrity of the campus. What can the administration, perhaps the most important player in this discordant microcosm, alone do without the cooperation of all sections of the campus community? Perhaps they can send out a clear signal by punishing the guilty, acting firmly and fairly, and, above all, restoring academics as JNU’s top priority.

In the meanwhile, we are all concerned: Where is Najeeb and why did he disappear? Both these questions remain unanswered. But how can we rule out that he left of own accord? Or even worse, has gone missing deliberately as a part of a larger political ploy of bringing discredit to the administration? But far worse is the thought voiced by a young student, already so disillusioned by the JNU politics, “Campus politics has hit a new low – how do we know that they will not harm Najeeb themselves for political gains?” I certainly hope this is not true: good sense needs to prevail. I join JNU colleagues and students in appealing to Najeeb to return so that peace is restored to JNU at the earliest.

(Makarand R Paranjape has been Professor of English at JNU for over fifteen years.)

JNU: VC warns of action as siege by students over missing hostel inmate enters second day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the siege of JNU administrative building by a section of students over a missing hostel inmate entered the second day, Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, who along with other officials is confined on the premises, today warned of action against the protesters.Students, who are agitating over the alleged inaction of University in the case of missing student Najeeb Ahmed, have not allowed the VC and about 12 other officials to come out of the building since yesterday afternoon though students and mediapersons have been able to access it.”If all our efforts fail, if we continue to be confined like this and if we are prevented from doing our duty, we will have no other option but take suitable action. There is an important academic council meeting at 2.30 PM, and we have to leave this venue and go to another venue at around 2.15 PM,” the VC told reporters this morning.Rejecting allegations of inaction, he said they had written to the police about the missing student and an inquiry by the university will be expedited and the “guilty” will be punished.Coming down heavily on protesting students, the VC said that several rounds of talks were held with them to convince them regarding the sincerity of the university to locate Najeeb but they were continuing with their “illegal” activity of holding hostage the authorities.”This is a university run in a democratic manner. We value debate and discussion. That’s why we had several rounds of discussions with the students to convince them that the university is sincerely working to locate Najeeb Ahmed.”We have tried by every possible means to convince the students that we are trying our best to locate Najeeb.However, they are not relenting and resorting to this kind of illegal means,” he said.He asserted, however, that the university administration will not be “coerced” by “illegal means”.”We cannot be coerced by these illegal means. The university has to be run in a proper manner and the academic activities should not suffer. We again appeal to the students not to resort to this kind of illegal activities which will affect the university.”He said that no food or water was allowed in the administrative building as claimed by the agitating students during their overnight siege.”We have no food. Students are spreading lie that they have sent food and water inside which is absolutely false,” he said.Two of the officials, including a diabetic, were, however, allowed by the student to leave the building.He said that university appealed to Najeeb through media and its website to come back as was demanded by the students and has also written several letters to police since he went missing on Saturday following a brawl on the campus the night before.An FIR for kidnapping and wrongfully confining a person was lodged at Vasant Kunj North police station after the police received a complaint from the student’s guardians.

JNU VC remains under siege over missing student, says officials slept on floor

New Delhi: JNU students angry over a student who went missing six days ago on Thursday continued their siege of Vice Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar, who has refrained from calling the police.

Hundreds of students belonging to almost all student groups barring the ABVP laid siege to the administrative block at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), accusing Kumar of taking a negative attitude.

Kumar, the Proctor, the Registrar and some other officials were forced to spend the night inside the building, student activists told IANS.

JNU VC M Jagdeesh Kumar. News18JNU VC M Jagdeesh Kumar. News18

JNU VC M Jagdeesh Kumar. News18

“We are continuing the protest but have allowed other junior employees to move freely and carry on with their work,” Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA) President Bhupali Magare told IANS.

The JNU has been in ferment ever since an undergraduate science student, Najeeb Ahmed, went missing on the night of 14 October, reportedly after a brawl with a few members of the ABVP.

Police have been told that Ahmed may have been kidnapped or may be in illegal confinement.

The students deny they have gheraoed the Vice Chancellor but he insists that he and other officials have been confined to the building. Reporters, however, have access to Kumar.

Magare said the Vice Chancellor was not responding to their demands and had displayed a negative attitude.

She said a few students from the JNU Students Union (JNUSU) went to meet Kumar around midnight on Wednesday but he immediately asked the security to video the discussion.

“We walked out after that. He is dealing with the issue in a very negative manner,” she said.

The Vice Chancellor appealed to the students on Wednesday night to end the siege and discuss their concerns.

On Thursday, Kumar again appealed to the students to end the siege and let him and other officials function freely. He said the university had already met with their demands.

“They asked for a police complaint, which has been filed. Moreover, a proctorial inquiry has been initiated by the varsity,” he said.

He rubbished claims that the students had offered him and the other officials food during confinement. “We were not sent any food. We slept on the floor.”

Protest at JNU turns volatile over missing youth; students confine VC, senior Officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As protest in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) turns volatile with students blocking the administrative building and locking up the vice-chancellor and other officials over the missing student, varsity vice chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar on Thursday said the move by the protesting students was ‘unfortunate and illegal’.Vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar told ANI in a telephonic conversation that it is wrong on the part of the students to gherao him and other officials.”We are also concerned that Najeeb Ahmad is missing. We have talked to police also but gheraoing me and other officials is wrong. Students have gheraoed us since 2.30 pm. We had to sleep on floor and there is no food to eat. Students are not even allowing wives of officials to meet,” he added.Yesterday, also at around 1.30 am., the VC tweeted, “Since the students did not let us go home inspite our appeal, we have no other option but be confined to the administration building”.Meanwhile, no trace of missing Najeeb Ahmad was found even on the sixth day after he went missing.Ahmad was allegedly assaulted by ABVP activists on October 14 during a mess election campaign at Mahi-Mandvi hostel. From the next day, he has gone missing.According to students, he left the hostel without his wallet, mobile and even his footwear.

‘Where is my son?’ JNU student missing after ‘brawl’ in campus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was around 2 a.m. on Saturday that the phone rang in Fatima Nafees’ home in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. It was her son Najeeb Ahmed, a student in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). “Something has happened to me on campus. Please come soon,” the mother recounts her son telling her.Nafees left for Delhi shortly after the panic call, waiting perhaps for dawn. On the way, she got another call. “Ma, I’m waiting for you, he said. I told him not to worry. I am on the way,” she says.Three days later, there is still no sign of the 27-year-old, a first year biotechnology student who lives in room 106 of the Mahi Mandavi hostel. Amid allegations that members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) beat him up in a communal brawl and increasing anxiety, police arrived in the campus Monday evening.”There were so many places he could have studied in but he chose JNU. I told him to think about it, but his mind was made up. He said JNU was reputed and affordable. When I find him, I’ll take him home,” an inconsolable Nafees tells dna from a corner at the University’s administration block.Ahmed allegedly went missing on Saturday following a brawl in the hostel the night before. New to the city, Ahmed arrived in JNU after finishing his graduation from Bareilly. While the JNUSU Students Union alleges a ‘communal angle’ to the brawl, students at the hostel insist that the incident was a “hostel quarrel blown out of proportion”.According to JNUSU president Mohit Pandey, who was reportedly present at the time, ABVP students physically threatened and intimidated Ahmed and “incited communal violence”. Ahmed went missing the next day, Pandey says, claiming that a group of goons continued to hit the student even in front of the warden (and himself).Eyewitness accounts have confirmed that a group of students affiliated to the ABVP roughed up Ahmed on Friday night.On Monday, while administration officials were taking depositions from different eyewitnesses to establish the exact sequence of events, student activists from various parties could be seen outside the administration block demanding that a police complaint be filed immediately and that action be taken against those who hit the student.At the hostel, however, the mood is quiet and sombre with students more focused on finding Ahmed rather than figuring out who was guilty.”A student has been missing for more than 48 hours, and the issue has been politicised to the extent that everyone seems to be interested in pinning blame than finding Najeeb. For those staying at the hostel, finding Najeeb is the most important issue,” says Alimuddin, president of the Mahi Mandavi hostel.The JNU administration has now sprung into action and asked security to search the entire campus. Members of the administration have also met Ahmed’s family and assured them that all possible action will be taken and that they are in touch with Delhi Police.The campus is on edge as speculation continues over the whereabouts of Ahmed. Meanwhile, a mother waits for the phone to ring. “I can’t help but pick every call. Whenever the phone rings, I think it’s Najeeb.”

With dreams in their eyes, Kashmiri students head to Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seventeen-year-old Suraya Gulzar, a resident of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, wants to join civil services while Khursheed (name changed) from Pulwama dreams of becoming a cardiologist. “But how will we compete in the world if we cannot study,” says Khursheed, a Class XII student who like several other children from Kashmir had no option but to shift to a Jammu school from the Valley, where educational institutions have been shut for 100 days now due to unrest. Gulzar, who too has migrated to a school here, says she wants to follow the footsteps of Shah Faesal, the 2009-2010 topper of civil services examination from Kashmir. “You cannot join IAS or become a doctor or an engineer when the schools are forced to close. We waited for few days for the schools to open, but when months passed by, my parents decided to shift to Jammu and admit me in a school here where I can continue my studies,” she says. Scores of students from Kashmir Valley have moved to Jammu and other places in the country to continue their education in view of unrest in the Kashmir Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8. But Khursheed says there were thousands of students who wanted to study, but were not financially sound enough to move out of the Valley to continue their education. “My friends also want to study. I am lucky that my parents were able to shift me to Jammu, but for my friends their parents don’t have the financial means to shift them out of Kashmir so as to continue their studies,” he said. Gulzar and 30 other students from Kashmir Valley have taken regular admission at the Government Higher secondary School in Sunjawan area of Jammu where special classes are being held to make up for the time they have lost. “So far 30 students from Kashmir have taken regular admission in our school and the number is increasing with every passing day,” its principal Prem Singh said. He said that he has regularly been getting phone calls from parents from Kashmir who want to shift their children to the school. “Apart from the students who have taken regular admission, there are some students who come here to take classes. For such students we have exempted the morning assembly. They can come at their will to attend the class and leave whenever they want to,” Singh said. Khursheed rues that the future of the Kashmiri students was being put in jeopardy by the separatists. “The education of the students should be kept out of the ambit of the protest. Why are we being made to suffer. “To succeed in life one has to compete and we cannot compete with the world with illiteracy,” says Khursheed. The students in Kashmir are also worried as the government has refused to postpone the class 10th and 12th examination in the Valley. State Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said there were no plans to defer the examinations. “There is no plan to postpone 10th and 12th exams any further. I have been receiving countless calls from worried parents and children since yesterday after a baseless report was circulated by a news gathering agency and unfortunately picked up by many newspapers,” Akhtar wrote on social networking site Facebook.Asserting that some parents and students insisted that examinations must go on in accordance with the published date sheet, he said let the students remain focused on studies. “All the students and parents who called me insisted that exams must go on in accordance with the published date sheet. That is the decision of the government as well. Let the students remain focused on studies and prepare vigorously for exams on the due date,” he said. Following the closure of schools in the Kashmir, several private schools in Jammu too have witnessed a huge rush of students who are migrating from the Valley. In the past three months we have admitted over 100 students from Kashmir Valley and the number keeps on increasing,” said Kuldeep Singh in charge admission of a private school in Jammu.The parents who have admitted their children in Jammu say that they don t want to compromise with the future of their children. “Back home in Kashmir we have not told anybody that we are shifting our children to Jammu otherwise we will be targeted by protestors. We just want to give our children a bright future that is why we admitted them in Jammu,” Khursheed’s father said.

Kashmir unrest: Anti-exam protests erupt across state; students demand cancellation of board exams

The civilian unrest in Kashmir valley has raised a question mark on the forthcoming board exams with a newly floated students’ body and scattered student groups demanding deferment of the annual exams which are set to start next month.

Anti-exam protests have erupted across Kashmir with hundreds of students hitting the streets to demand cancellation of the government order which set the ball rolling by announcing dates for Class 10 and Class 12 exams.

The announcement comes in the middle of a siege in the valley which has left at least 91 civilians dead, more than 14000 injured while around 7000 protesters have been detained to bring normalcy on the simmering streets.

“Many students were confined to their homes due to the situation of the last three months. They need time to cover the whole syllabus. If they don’t, they may fall behind in percentages which will impact their eligibility for appearing in various competitive exams. This way, the careers of students will take a hit in the long run,” Danish, a Class 12 student at a prominent school in Srinagar said.

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Representational image. Reuters

“Our sessions began in March 2016. We have covered just forty percent of the syllabus. Our internal practicals are pending. We are not in a position to qualify for the examinations,” Najeeb, the classmate of Danish, said.

Every day hundreds of students take out protests rallies against Jammu and Kashmir government decision to conduct 10th and 12th class examinations slated for next month across Kashmir valley.

Syed Tajamul, president of All Jammu and Kashmir Students Union (AJKSU), says the state government has politicised the issue and in asking students to prepare for exams, they will also ruin their future.

“There is a political uncertainty. Schools and colleges remain closed. Students were not able to attend even their tuition due to curfew and hartal. In such situation, how can students prepare for the exam in a short span of time” Tajamul says.

He termed the decision to go-ahead with the exam as “unfortunate”. Citing an example, he said one the students was asked by his teacher to download the material at a time when the mobile internet service has been suspended.

“Students are not only unprepared academically, dozens of them across the nook and corner of the Valley are reportedly injured during the present turmoil in Kashmir”, he said

Anti-exam protests have been reported from Baramulla in north Kashmir, Shopian, Pulwama and Anantnag in south and Ganderbal in central Kashmir. Recently a group of students, majority of them girls, staged a protest in the capital Srinagar and chanted anti-government slogans over the issue.

With one eye blindfolded, the students said they were protesting to express solidarity with those who were maimed and blinded in the last 100 days of unrest. Holding placards reading ‘boycott exams’, ‘no exams until Kashmir issue is resolve’ and ‘blood and ink can’t flow together’, they said their future has become uncertain.

“Hundreds of students have been maimed and blinded. How is it possible for them to appear in the exams? They will never see the world again, then how can they sit in the exam. What is the government’s stand on that? Will they return their eyesight?,” Syed Asma, a student said.

“All the students and parents who called me insisted that exams must go on in accordance with the published date sheet. That is the decision of the government as well,” he added.

Protests were held in the city centre Lal Chowk where dozens of students marched on Residency Road up to the Clock Tower before the Kashmir police shoed them away.

“There are various competitive examinations. Most of the students wish to qualify them to be a doctor or engineer or to be in other professions. If we fail to obtain required percentage and subsequently are ineligible to appear in these competitive tests, our careers would be at stake,” said Asjad Nisar, a student.

Students says they need time to complete the syllabus and also prepare for examination. “Government shouldn’t force examinations on us. Its our humble appeal. Please don’t make your political careers at the cost our careers,” Asjad said.

However, the state’s education Minister Naeem Akhter is unwilling to budge. Yesterday, he took to the Facebook to ruled out any postponement for now. “There is no plan to postpone exams beyond 14th and 15th November,” Akhter said.

The announcement has now sparked a political row with Ghulam Hassan Mir, a minister in the previous Omar Abdullah-led government, saying that the decision to go ahead with the exam “lacks logic and conviction”.

He suggests that “instead of holding students at ransom”, the government can extend the academic session by providing logistic support at its schools across the region. He also demands deferment of exams till March as the first best step so that the students get enough time to prepare for exams.

Justice Katju gets ‘get well soon’ card from Odia students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after tendering apology for his alleged derogatory remarks about Odisha and its people, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju on Saturday received a flower bouquet and a “get well soon” card from the Delhi Odia Students Association. This was informed by Katju himself through a Facebook post.Katju in his earlier post had dubbed Odias as “poor” and “humourless” but announced to have changed his opinion on Odias.After he got ‘get well soon card’ from Odia students, Katju took to Facebook and wrote:In his initial Facebook post Katju had said: “What is there to write about these (Odiya) poor chaps? Ever since they got a thrashing at the hands of Ashoka in the battle of Kalinga, they have been a dejected lot. Now all they have with them are a lot of pots (Patras), big pots (Mahapatras) and supposedly intelligent kings (Patnaiks).”Katju’s statement had sparked agitation across the state and people from various section of life demanded apology from him. Besides tendering apology in the Facebook post, the former judge had claimed that he was joking and made the comments in lighter vein. He also appealed to the people of Odisha not to file case against him.

Aligarh Muslim University junior doctors go on strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Medical services in Aligarh and the surrounding districts were badly hit in Aligarh on Friday following a strike by junior doctors at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, the biggest medical facility of its kind in this region.The strike call was given following an emergency meeting of the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) at the Medical College Hospital, AMU.The junior doctors were protesting over the alleged manhandling and misbehaviour with their colleague on Wednesday.The RDA has alleged that Dr Vikas was manhandled by a close associate of the newly elected President of the AMU Students’ Union, Faizul Hasan. They were demanding Hasan’s suspension.A decision to extend a strike indefinitely would be taken later by Friday night, RDA spokesman said.The anger of the students against Medical College doctors stems from the recent death of a University student who was suffering from dengue. The students alleged that his death was due to negligence by the medical staff. On September 25, Sabir Hussain, a final year engineering student from Ghazipur district, had died at the Medical College.Later, a junior doctor and a nursing staff of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital were suspended by the Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor for their alleged negligence in treatment of the student. The VC had also setup a three-member committee to probe the incident.

JNU professor abused and attacked inside campus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jawaharlal University (JNU) Professor, Amita Singh, was allegedly abused and attacked inside the university campus by a group of students while she stepped out of the university’s academic council meeting late night on October 7.Claiming to have been abused and called a ‘Sanghi’, the professor has lodged a complaint naming three faculty members on Sunday evening and blamed the JNU teachers’ union (JNUTA) for instigating students to engage in the attacks. The teachers claimed to have no knowledge about the incident, and the students named in the complaint said they ‘only raised slogans’.”I stepped out of the academic council meeting late Saturday evening, and was immediately surrounded by around 20 students. They started calling me out, abusing me, calling me “sanghi” and didn’t even let me move. When I, along with the JNU registrar and proctor tried to get into our car, we were stopped and surrounded by the students who started banging on the car. Some of them even laid down in front of the car,” Professor Amita Singh, who is the Dean of School of Law and Governance, told DNA.As per Singh, the proposal to introduce a new programme in transdisciplinary research was what earned her the students’ ire. “I had presented the proposal for introducing a disaster research programme in the University for a transdisciplinary programme, the talks of which have been going on since 2011, and that has already been passed by five standing committees. But the JNUSU thinks that any new innovation is ‘bhagwakaran’ and I was attacked as soon as I stepped out.,” she added, blaming JNUTA for instigating the students.In her complaint, Singh has named three professors from the University – JNUTA President Professor Ajay Patnaik from School for Russian and central Asian studies, Professor Ayesha Kidwai and Ajith Kanna from School of Language, Literature and Culture studies – as those who instigated the students. While Professor Patnaik said he had no idea about an attack and had left the meeting premises 45 minutes ago, Professor Ayesha Kidwai said the allegations were unfounded.”JNU teachers don’t attack each other, or instigate students to attack fellow teachers. I am not even an academic council member,” said Kidwai. Professor Kanna claimed that he did not know Singh.The Professor has also named some students as being involved in the act.Manikanta, one of the students told DNA, ” We did raise slogans and surround the professor, but there was no violence involved at any point of time.”JNUSU President, Mohit Pandey, also claimed to have no knowledge of any incident “We were inside the meeting where we are supposed to sit as observers. I have no idea about any such occurrence,” he said.University teachers had also met the Vice Chancellor (VC) on Monday, demanding that immediate enquiry be held into the incident and show cause notices be issued to all. The teachers have also asked the VC to ensure that no students are allowed around the location of the meeting.Since the February 13 incident, when Delhi Police had arrested the then JNUSU President, Kanhaiya Kumar, following protests in the university campus against the hanging of the 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, the university has been on a boil with small skirmishes between groups acquiring ideological colours.

Aligarh Muslim University’s students’ union gets women on board for the first time

For the first time in the history of the varsity, women candidates were elected to the Aligarh Muslim Students’ Union (AMUSU) on Sunday.

According to The Times of India report, Ghazala Ahmad, Labeeba Sherwani, and Sadaf Rasool, were elected to the 10-member cabinet, along with Naved Ahmad, Waseel K, Abdul Wasay, Irfan Ali, Asif Idrees, Mohd Naved Siddiqui, and Amanullah.

A file image of the Aligarh Muslim University. CNN-News 18

A file image of the Aligarh Muslim University. CNN-News 18

Faizul Hasan, a doctoral student in the department of sociology, was elected as the union president and Nadeem Ansari, an MSW (Master in social work) student, was elected as vice-president. Nabeel Usmani, a student in the Faculty of Management, was elected as secretary of the students’ union.

AMU VC Lt General Zameeruddin Shah congratulated the student community for conducting the election campaign in a “peaceful democratic” manner while adhering to the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee.

In 2014, the university had received flak when its VC turned down a plea from the students of the Women’s College to access the Maulana Azad Library – with a seating capacity of 1,300 and has just 12 seats reserved for women – saying that by doing so, they would ‘attract’ more boys.

However, the Allahabad High Court had then ruled the university authorities to allow entry of girl students inside the central library stating that the decision to restrict entry of girl students was “arbitrary” and “in violation of Article 14 and 16 of the Constitution”.

The results were announced early on Sunday morning after the polling for the AMUSU was held on Saturday. Political parties or groups are not permitted to put up candidates for the elections under the AMU constitution.

With inputs from agencies

Two out of five students in IIT Bombay think homosexuality is a disease: Report

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is supposed to be one of the best educational institutes in the country.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

But according to a report published in the student media body of the institute called Insight, a considerable number of students do not have positive views or even views based on accurate facts about homosexuality.

For example, the report said that 38 percent of the students — or almost two out of every five students — think that homosexuality is a disease which can be ‘cured’ by a remedy. “Even in institutions of science and technology, people — although not many — still believe in this medication theory,” said the report.

A considerable number of students (23 percent) also believe that few members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community have exploited their sexuality simply to get famous.

The report further stated that 37 percent of the students believed that homosexuality is against religion.

The statistics also pointed out that while a majority of the students believed that the LGBTQ members must fight for their rights, few students were themselves willing to help the students or fight homophobia. Around 46 percent of the respondents also said that they will be “strongly uncomfortable” having LGBTQ members as roommates.

“While most of us are clearly empathetic of the LGBTQ movement and individuals in general, we aren’t yet as comfortable with the concept that we can share a room with a person of a different sexual orientation,” the report said.

JNU records 39 sexual harassment complaints in 2015-16

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jawaharlal Nehru University, which has been at the centre of a controversy in recent months, recorded 39 complaints of sexual harassment in 2015-16 financial year, the highest in the varsity’s records. The university had received 26 complaints of sexual harassment in 2014-15, while the number stood at 25 in 2013-14.In December, the then HRD Minister Smriti Irani had informed Parliament that the number of complaints received by the JNU authorities during the two years were the highest among educational institutions. According to the 2015-16 annual report of Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH), a central body which deals with complaints of this nature from all university departments, 42 complaints were received between January, 2015 and March, 2016.”Out of the total cases, three inquiries were completed and cases were closed. Three complaints were withdrawn, 29 complaints are such where the inquiry is underway. In one case where the defendant was unknown, GSCASH advised the complainant to get in touch with police. Six cases could not be proceeded due to non-availability of either of the parties after several efforts,” the report said.The varsity was under criticism last year for reporting maximum cases of sexual harassment even as JNU officials maintained that the high figures were due to the fact that the university had an active platform for reporting such complaints unlike many other educational institutions.Earlier, a few professors of the varsity had come out questioning the working of GSCASH, alleging its “processes are perverted”. GSCASH was instituted by the university in 1999 under the Vishakha guidelines of the Supreme Court.The panel has representatives from JNU Students Union (JNUSU), JNU Officers’ Association (JNUOA), hostel wardens, faculty and administrative staff. JNU had recently notified a new sexual harassment policy which also included a penalty provision for false complaints filed before the probe panel.

Record 39 sexual harassment complaints in JNU in 2015-16

New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University, which has been at the centre of a controversy in recent months, recorded 39 complaints of sexual harassment in 2015-16 financial year, the highest in the varsity’s records.

The university had received 26 complaints of sexual harassment in 2014-15, while the number stood at 25 in 2013-14.

Representational image. CNN-News18Representational image. CNN-News18

Representational image. CNN-News18

In December, the then HRD Minister Smriti Irani had informed Parliament that the number of complaints received by the JNU authorities during the two years was the highest among educational institutions.

According to the 2015-16 annual report of Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH), a central body which deals with complaints of this nature from all university departments, 42 complaints were received between January, 2015 and March, 2016.

“Out of the total cases, three inquiries were completed and cases were closed. Three complaints were withdrawn, 29 complaints are such where the inquiry is underway.

“In one case where the defendant was unknown, GSCASH advised the complainant to get in touch with police. Six cases could not proceed due to non-availability of either of the parties after several efforts,” the report said.

The varsity was under criticism last year for reporting maximum cases of sexual harassment even as JNU officials maintained that the high figures were due to the fact that the university had an active platform for reporting such complaints, unlike many other educational institutions.

Earlier, a few professors of the varsity had come out questioning the working of GSCASH, alleging its “processes are perverted”.

GSCASH was instituted by the university in 1999 under the Vishakha guidelines of the Supreme Court.

The panel has representatives from JNU Students Union (JNUSU), JNU Officers’ Association (JNUOA), hostel wardens, faculty and administrative staff.

JNU had recently notified a new sexual harassment policy which also included a penalty provision for false complaints filed before the probe panel.

SP students’ wing, ABVP dominate Allahabad University Student Elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha and ABVP dominated the Allahabad University Students Union polls, with the RSS’ students wing bagging the President’s post.However, unlike last year, when the ABVP had bagged all posts except that of the president, very few of its candidates were elected as office bearers.Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad candidate Rohit Mishra was elected to the post of the president, defeating his nearest rival Ajit Yadav by a slender margin of 95 votes in the polls whose results declared late on Friday night. It is for the first time in the last five years when ABVP has won the President’s post.The Samajwadi Party Chhatra Sabha, which is the students’ wing of the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, put up a strong performance. Its candidates Adil Hamza and Shivbalak Yadav got elected to the posts of vice-president and general secretary respectively.ABVP’s Abhishek Kumar Pandey alias Yogi was elected as the joint secretary while Sabha’s Manish Kumar Saini bagged the post of cultural secretary.Notably, none of the women candidates were elected to any of the key posts despite the buoyancy that pervaded on the campus in the wake of the victory of Richa Singh last year, who became the first woman president of the AU students’ union in several decades and had contested as an independent candidate.

Congress to follow RSS, BJP model in Uttar Pradesh, to engage its youth wing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a leaf out of the RSS BJP model, Congress too will mobilise its students and youth wing for Uttar Pradesh election campaign. Strategist Prashant Kishor, assisting the Congress in Uttar Pradesh polls has held two meetings with the members of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and Indian Youth Congress (IYC).The two organisations are scheduled to begin their campaign from October, engaging thirteen prominent universities of the states. They also plan to engage the local doctors, lawyers and intellectual community and are to come out with a student manifesto. Leaders in-charge for UP including Sheila Dikshit, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar will be participating in these meetings.Unlike in the BJP, where RSS and its frontal organisations, including its student wing plays an active role in the election campaign, the Congress does not enjoys any such culture. Now with Kishor steering its poll campaign, the plan is to engage and make optimal use of the party’s youth brigade.Not only will NUSI and IYC members engage on social media platforms, they will also be holding discussions and electoral debates on university campuses.”Since twitter is not very popular amongst students in the state, we have been asked to focus on WhatsApp and facebook groups. These pages will not provide one way opinion, but will be open to suggestions and student interactions,” informed Abhinav Tiwari, National Secretary of NSUI.The active members and volunteers of the youth wing are currently attending workshops acquiring skills to head these campaigns. These members will then be divided into various teams, who will be going on to university campus. Each team will also have a member from Kishor’s team who will monitor and assist the student leaders.Kishor’s team has also identified the students’ issues and the promises made by Akhilesh Yadav’s government, which were not fulfilled. UP government had promised laptops and tablets to every student who passed class 12. But only a handful of them were ever given out. The promise of giving away smartphones to student was also completely forgotten. “State government had promised an unemployment allowance of Rs 1,000 per month to youth. Youth in UP does not want cash allowance, they want job security,” added Tiwari. In its engagement with the university students, NSUI will be highlighting these issues.Amongst the various universities that the team has shortlisted, three universities are in Prime Minister’s constituency itself. These interactions will be held in Banaras Hindu University, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith and Sampurnanand Sanskrit University. Similar meetings will be held at universities in Kanpur, Allahabad, Aligarh, Jaunpur, Ghaziabad and Noida.”In cities like Kanpur and Banaras where there are management and law colleges, we will invite students from these campuses too to participate in the discussion,” added Tiwari.While the student unions are fine tuning their strategy, they will hit the ground after Rahul Gandhi’s Khat Rally comes to an end next month. “Senior national leaders incharge for UP, will be participating in these students interactions. We will come up with a students’ manifesto at the end of the session,” added Tiwari.

Teaching resilience to students can prevent violent extremism: UNESCO

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Education imparted in schools can play a very pivotal role in combating violent extremism, which is a result of many factors like marginalisation, discrimination, poverty etc. This was the highlight of the UNESCO International Conference on the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education: Taking Action held in Aerocity here on Monday.The two-day event which is being co-organised by UNESCO Headquarters and the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, was attended by delegates from across the globe who deliberated upon global terrorism, indoctrination of youth and its prevention using schools as one of the most effective tools.Discussing what entails the real reasons behind impressionable minds taking to extremism, Soo-Hyang Choi, director, Division for Inclusion, Peace and Sustainable Development, UNESCO Headquarters said that apart from alienation, the prospect of stable employment, earning money, strong leadership in a well-structured environment were the ‘push and pull’ factors for rising xenophobia. Talking about how schools are among the significant weapon in handling this, she argued that schools can teach resilience to students, preparing them to be tolerant of those with divergent views. “Students must be taught the ability to not fall prey to simple black and white messages. Schools can also encourage critical thinking for different point of views,”she added.Taking the plenary session further, George Godia, Ambassador of Kenya to UNESCO said that schools must impart education that is relevant to employable sector. “Labour skills must form an important part of curriculum as it increases job prospects, and in the process, protects youth from getting waylaid by extremists. Schools must also adopt to changing society and teachers too need to move ahead with times,” he stated, adding that one of the challenges is the failure of families in reinforcing school’s goals.Godia also urged the media to act “responsibly” in its reportage, asking it to refrain from glorifying extremism. “Media requires to have some self-regulating norms,”he said.

Afzal Guru row: JNU panel submits final report on students’ punishments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The JNU on Monday said the Appellate Authority which heard the appeals of the varsity students who were penalised in connection with the controversial February 9 event has submitted its final report.”In the light of the recommendation of the High Level Enquiry Committee and subsequently the recommendation of the panel constituted to assist the Appellate Authority, the Vice Chancellor put his mind to various dimensions of the concerned issue to come to a conclusion and has taken the final decision on the appeals made by the students,” a university statement said. “The authority after thorough analysis of each case, has issued the final report to be implemented by the Chief Proctor,” the statement added.Senior university officials, however, refused to comment when asked about the contents of the report. JNU was at the centre of a controversy in February this because of an event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. Three students including the students union chief Kanhaiya Kumar were arrested in a sedition case over the event and are now out on bail. 21 JNU students were slapped with varied punishments ranging from rustication, hostel debarment to financial penalty on basis of the probe by the HLEC which found them guilty of violation of discipline norms.The students had gone on an indefinite hunger strike against the decision which lasted for 16 days. As the varsity refused to relent and withdraw the punitive action proposed against the students despite their failing health, some students moved the Delhi High Court challenging the action. Following this, the High Court issued directions to JNUSU to immediately withdraw the hunger strike and to not launch any fresh agitation. It had stayed action against the students till their appeals have been decided by the appellate authority.JNU had then formed a four-member committee to hear appeals of those who had been found guilty of indiscipline by the varsity probe panel.

JNUSU demands action against student accused of rape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU Students Union on Monday approached the varsity Vice Chancellor seeking action against a student who has been accused of sexual assault by a fellow mate. A 28-year-old JNU student had approached Delhi Police on Sunday and filed a rape case against an activist of the left-affiliated All India Students Association (AISA), accusing him of raping her in a hostel room on the university campus. The woman, a Ph.D student, alleged that Anmol Ratan, also a Ph.D student, offered her a copy of a movie that she was looking for, took her to his hostel room and offered her a spiked drink. She told police that he raped her when she was unconscious. He also threatened her and asked her not to report the matter.Taking strong note of the incident, AISA had yesterday expelled Anmol from the party which ended his primary membership.”We condemn the incident and call for speedy action in the case. Since the complaint has been filed with police, we demand that the force takes all necessary steps to ensure justice and arrest the accused without delay. Also, the university must take necessary action against the accused student,” a statement issued by JNU Students Union (JNUSU) said.Meanwhile, the complainant could not record her statement before the magistrate citing illness.”The victim was sent for recording of her statement before a magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC but she cited illness due to which it has been postponed now,” said RP Upadhyay, Jt Commissioner of Police, southeastern range. He said that the statement is expected to be recorded tomorrow. The accused student has not joined the probe and is unavailable for questioning, he added.The university authorities condemned the incident as a blot on the university’s image and urged the JNU community to remain vigilant against such incidents.”JNU administration strongly condemns an incident of heinous rape in a campus hostel. It has completely shaken the JNU community and has tarnished the image of the university. The administration does not tolerate such incidences and resolves to take appropriate measures to prevent them in future. We appeal the students, staff and teachers to remain vigilant against such incidences,” an official statement said.The BJP’s student wing-ABVP which is locked in an ideological battle with the left-groups on campus today staged a protest in university demanding rustication of Anmol. They also submitted a memorandum to Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar in this regard.”We will not let JNU become a rape capital. The way these people conduct anti-national activities on campus similarly they indulge in rapes and are habitual offenders,” alleged a statement from ABVP.

28-year-old JNU student allegedly raped by AISA activist in hostel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An activist of All India Students Association (AISA) was booked for allegedly raping a 28-year-old student of Jawaharlal Nehru University.According to the police, officials in South Delhi on Su received a complaint by a first year PhD student alleged that she has been raped by one Anmol Ratan, who is a student of JNU and activist of student organisation AISA.The incident is said to have taken place inside the campus on August 20.”She has alleged that in the month of June 2016, she had put a statement on FB that she wanted to watch a film called Sairat and asked if anyone had a copy.She alleged that Anmol messaged her that he is having a copy of film. She further added that on August 20, Anmol picked her from her hostel to give her the film and took her to his hostel Brahamputra where he offered some drinks to her and after that committed sexual assault with her and did not allow her to go & threatened her,” said a senior police official.According to police on the basis of statement of complainant a case under section 376 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered and further investigation is in progress.”Action will be taken according to the provisions of law,” said a officer.In a statement by AISA, Delhi Secretary of the student union said that Anmol had been expelled after the filing of a criminal case against him.”AISA takes serious note of the fact that Anmol Ratan, a leading activist of AISA, is facing a criminal complaint of sexual assault. He is henceforth expelled from the primary membership of AISA. AISA will reflect on and deal with this issue with all the firmness it deserves. AISA will be unflinching for the principles of gender justice even if it involves a leading member of the organisation. We stand by the complainant in her fight for justice.”

DU cut-offs are ‘high maintenance’: Twitter reacts

Yet another year, yet another cut-off — that always remains high. That’s the story of the Delhi University cut-off list, which is out of reach for thousands of students.

Ramjas College of Delhi University has declared the highest academic cut-off at 99.25 percent for BCom (Honours), leaving behind Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), which has remained India’s top commerce college for last many years.

Forget dreams that are slowly slipping away, the people on Twitter are more concerned (naturally) about making jokes on dreams, schemes and relevant memes. Our pick of the finest… jokes, not marks.

Haryana students to be taught about Veer Savarkar and Syama Prasad Mukherjee: Education Minister

Students in Haryana will be taught about Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mukherjee and freedom fighter Veer Savarkar under moral education, apart from texts from Gita and holy books of various religions, according to state education minister Rambilas Sharma.Speaking to PTI on the controversial move to change syllabus of Class 6th to 12th, the minister said he has been with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), where moral education is taught for personality development and it plays a big role in students’ education. “The state education department is going to add moral education syllabus including some part of religious holy books such as Bhagvad Gita, Quran and books on Buddhism, Christianity… on freedom fighters, Syama Prashad Mookerjee, Veer Savarkar, Chandrashekhar Azad, Udham Singh, Bhagat Singh and others.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”They will be taught importance of the sun in life for personality development and moral duties so that they grow up as well-matured citizens and have a feeling of nationalism and patriotism,” Sharma said.Mukherjee and Savarkar are Hindutva mascots. Earlier, Haryana government had faced flak from opposition parties over its proposal to introduce Gita in the curriculum after which it had said that texts from various religions will be included in the syllabus. The opposition has been critical of BJP at the Centre and in the states, accusing it of “saffronisation” of education.Sharma said, “We have already distributed newly drafted books in all government schools and this will be started in all government, private and public schools as a part of Haryana Education Department and Board syllabus from July 1, 2016 after the reopening of schools.” It will be officially announced on July 5 by Union Minister Smriti Irani, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Swami Gyanendra, Member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and other prominent people in a programme on ‘The importance of moral education in students life” at Kurukshetra University.Sharma said that moral education imparted by RSS played an important role in the lives of students. Similarly, the new syllabus is aimed to develop the students into good citizens. “We have earlier handed over newly-drafted books to several government schools and teachers during this summer vacation so that they could go through the lessons from Gita and other spiritual texts which will be taught to students in government schools across Haryana as part of the new moral education curriculum,” Sharma added.Sources said that these newly drafted books and syllabus on moral education could later be introduced in other states where BJP is in power. Sneh Lata, Director, State Council of Educational Research and Training, said for gaining insight and conceptualising the topic, Sanskrit teachers have been given the new books in advance.The course is being reintroduced in the state after a gap of more than four years and aims at imbibing moral values in the children. “We want to inculcate cultural and spiritual values in the students. There are a few shlokas from Bhagavad Gita. “We have added the translations for the verses, making it easier for the students to understand Sanskrit. There are a lot of crucial life lessons which the students can learn from Gita and other religious holy books which will help in their mental growth,” she said.She said that the education department had planned to include more portions of Gita in the syllabus. But after suggestions from educationists, the portions were reduced to selected shlokas, accompanied with their meaning. The state Education minister said that he will meet Union Education Minister tomorrow in Delhi as he is also one of the members of the Sub-Committee of Education Ministers, where he will hand over the invitation for the July 5 event.

BSER/RBSE results 2016: Rajasthan RBSE Class 8 result 2016 declared on rajeduboard.nic.in

Class 8 students from the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) can breathe a sigh of relief. The board has declared the result on their official website. The board which was started in 1957 under Rajasthan Secondary Education Act 1957 promotes and develops secondary education in the state.Here is how the students can check their results: 1. Visit the websites: www.rajresults.nic.in or www.rajeduboard.nic.in<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Go to the link showing ‘Class 8th exam Results 2016′3. Enter your roll no4. Click on submit button5. Check the results once they are displayed.6. You can take a printout of the page too.Best wishes to all the students.

Assam: Bandh against proposed AIIMS at Changsari affects daily life in Nagaon, Morigaon

Normal life has been paralysed in Central Assam’s Nagaon and Morigaon districts on Monday due to a 24-hour bandh called by several organisations protesting against the proposed establishment of AIIMS at Changsari near Guwahati.All shops and business establishments were closed and vehicles remained off the roads, police said. Government offices were opened but attendance was thin.The National Highway 37 was blocked by the protesters at Raha, Phulaguri and Kathiatoli. Hundreds of protesters were taken into preventive custody at Raha. The bandh has been called by local units of All Assam Students Union (AASU), All Tiwa Students Union (ATSU) and Asom Jatiya Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) and Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS) from 5 AM on Monday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The organisations are protesting against Assam Government’s decision to establish the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) at Changsari and demanded that it be set up at Raha in Central Assam.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar awarded Honorary Fellowship in UK

National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) in the UK have awarded Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with an Honorary Fellowship.”With NISAU striving for the betterment of the society and working towards development and change, the organisation is proud to honour Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for his immense contribution to furthering world peace & working towards a violence-free society, for his social and cultural contributions to India and for furthering Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Studies in a global context,” NISAU said in a statement.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”At NISAU one of our key aims is to further amongst Indian youth resident in the UK the feelings of compassion, Vasudheva Kutumbakam (The World is a Family) and Satyamev Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails). We recognise Sri Sri’s outstanding global contributions based on these very principles and hope to further these amongst the youth under his guidance,” Sanam Arora, President of NISAU said.

Srinagar: Hostel warden thrashes teenage girls, injuries over a dozen

Anger has swept across the Kashmir valley after a hostel warden thrashed underprivileged tribal girl students injuring over a dozen, six of them seriously at the Gujjar and Bakerwal hostel Srinagar.Police have registered a case against the warden, Dr Shabnum, while the director of school education Kashmir, Dr Shah Faesal, has placed her under suspension pending enquiry.The incident occurred on Thursday evening when Dr Shabnum asked the minor students to mop the floors and clean the rooms, including a dining hall. Students’ alleged that the warden thrashed more than dozen students by a stick. Eight girls received wounds; two of them suffered fractures in their arms.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Warden ma’am asked the girls why we they did not go to school. Since examination of class VIII was starting today so they were doing preparations. But she did not listen and thrashed us ruthlessly. Earlier she asked the girls to clean the rooms,” said Shahida Noor, class X student from Harwan.Terrified, the girls, all in the age group of 14 to 16 years, were groaning with pain through the night, though they were given first aid by resident doctor. In the morning they narrated the tale of woes to the principal of Government Girls Higher Secondary School Raj Bagh who in turn informed the police and also took the injured to the hospital for treatment.”The students were busy preparing for examination when warden asked them to clean her room. They said they have exams tomorrow and they would do it later. She became furious and thrashed them ruthlessly. Six students were seriously injured. Two of them suffered fractures while four are admitted in SMHS hospital. Eight others have got minor wounds,” said Mohammad Amin, principal of Government Girls Higher Secondary School Raj Bagh.Police have registered a case against the warden but she has not been arrested so far. “Look how influential she is that she has not been arrested despite a case registered against her,” said Amin.Sensing trouble, director of school education Shah Faesal placed Dr Shabnum under suspension pending inquiry and attached her with the chief education office Ganderbal.”Joint director (trainings)/Principal State Institute of Education Srinagar is appointed enquiry officer for conducting in-depth inquiry into the incident after recording the statements and examining. Cross examining the evidences and submit the factual report to the director school education Kashmir within 15 days,” said FaesalMeanwhile, a prestigious school is under fire for barring a Muslim woman teacher from wearing abhaya (long loose gown that covers the body from neck to toe) on the campus.Protests rocked an elite school after a science teacher was barred from wearing abhaya. Scores of students gathered in the main ground and protested against the administration for barring the teacher from wearing abhaya.

After JNU row, draft education policy envisages curbs on campus politics

New Delhi: Debate over nationalism occupied much of the talking space, post 9 February incident that took place in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). But another debating point too ensued: should party politics be allowed in the campus. Some of the arguments emanating from both ends-those opposing student politics and those favouring it, had strong rational grounding.

However those who treat campus politics as a stepping stone for their political career may find the draft national education policy unwelcoming.

Talking about how most students in colleges and universities enroll themselves for study in courses of their choice and they spend a precious part of their young life in the pursuit of their education, with the intent of equipping themselves for various occupations and spend significant resources, including hard-earned money of their parents.

The report states that while most students in almost all colleges and universities could be classified in the above category there are those “whose priority may not be that of the main-line student, but who may have other interests outside academic goals”.

Raising serious objections against the party politics in the campus the report states, “Many national parties have their ‘chapters’ in nearly every university campus in India. Many campuses also have caste-or-community-based organizations. Thus one finds unions or associations of subsets of students, or teachers, or other employees, who aggressively pursue their special political or other interests, within the arena of the campus, and the college / university ambit. It is not infrequent that two or more of such groups of students or faculty members come into serious opposition with each other on this or other issue, and have no hesitation in blocking the main-line work of the university; they may have real or imagined grievances, but the collateral damage to the serious students can be heavy indeed.”

The report says that because of agitation politics “one frequently hears of agitations, disturbances, gheraos and movements of one sort or the other in various campuses from time to time; it is not infrequent that examinations need to be postponed or in some cases the student even loses a year or more due to unsettled conditions”

It can be contended that restricting politics in campuses means curbing free speech and expression. However the report countering this argument states that while the constitution provides every citizen with the right to form groups or associations it should also kept in mind that “every right has a corresponding duty implicitly attached to it, that every right is circumscribed to ensure that it shall not adversely affect the interest of others”

Making a comparison with western universities the report states, “Traditionally universities in the US and the western world have encouraged new ideas to flourish, and have never placed any restriction of any kind on freedom of speech or association within their campuses. It should also however be noted that one has rarely heard in the context of US or Europe or other educationally developed countries of postponement of examinations or disruption of academic activities, arising out of groups of students pursuing their ‘right’ to free speech and association. Thus while intense political activity takes place nationally during an election year in US, like in 2016, and the student groups discuss these issues with much animation, one has never heard of disruption of the academic atmosphere in these universities”.

The report also stressed that “Ideally the universities ought not to lend themselves as play grounds for the larger national rivalries, inequalities, inequities, and social / cultural fault-lines” as these need to be tackled by society as a whole in other fora a such as parliament, courts, elections, etc”.

“ The point in short is that it is now essential to review the current situation, and find the balance between free speech and freedom of association guaranteed by the Constitution, the needs of various sections of society, and balance them with the primary purpose for which the universities and institutions of higher learning have been established”, the report reads.

After the JNU fiasco it was argued that many students stays in campuses for long years by enrolling themselves in one course or another and gets into ‘unnecessary politics’.

In this respect too, the report makes some strong observations. It states, “One other element need to be stressed. One frequently hears of ‘students’ who continue for 7 or 8 years or more, enrolled in the university, and occupying the hostels – in general should there not be some guidelines or time limits for enrolment in a particular course or for occupation of hostels; those who stay for long periods start ‘owning’ the universities, and frequently have an undue influence on the course of non-academic activities in campuses.”

Summarily it can said that party and agitation politics that has become hallmark of student politics in most of the campuses, finds no traction in the draft policy on education.

Mumbai students ride Army tank, live soldier’s life in Kashmir

It is not every day that one gets to ride an Army tank and experience a soldier’s life, but school children from Mumbai did just that in Jammu and Kashmir, courtesy the Indian Army which gave them the opportunity through ‘Know Your Army’ initiative.Lt Gen R R Nimbhorkar, AVSM, SM, VSM General Officer Commanding of the Nagrota-based White Knight Corps, said the unique programme, which comprised 138 students, four principals and 19 teachers from nine Mumbai schools, enabled students to experience life in the Army.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cultural exchange programme with local schools A tour of the border areas was organised for students and teachers from various schools of Mumbai recently. They visited Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts as part of a week-long tour of the northern state during which they participated in a number of cultural exchange programmes with local schools and interacted with Army personnel. The students were exposed to a large spectrum of activities under the theme ‘Know Your Army’, Gen Nimbhorkar, General Officer Commanding, 16 Corps of Indian Army, said.ExperienceThe tour started with an experience of a tank ride that brought in a real sense of adventure and thrill for the students. They were also shown a wide range of weaponry used by the Indian Army. The children also witnessed some real action through a variety of demo drills. Army soldiers displayed their agility and skill by demonstrating drills that they regularly practice in counter insurgency and counter operations roles, including slithering, casualty evacuation, house clearance and rush drill.The experience showed the young minds how Indian Army soldiers braved tough conditions every day in their endeavour to keep peace in the region, Gen Nimbhorkar said. They also had a chance to interact with local students studying in Army Goodwill Public School, Rajouri, which is managed by the Army. Local students interacted heartily with their counterparts from Mumbai and participated in cultural programmes, debate and quiz competitions, he said. The principals and teaching staff who accompanied the students appreciated the ‘unique opportunity’ of experiencing the J&K region and the Army and expressed hope that there would be more such cultural exchanges which will bring the youth of the country together.Adventurous activitiesThe students experienced a series of fun-filled and adventurous activities, including trekking in the higher reaches of the Pir Panjal range, and understanding how the soldiers of Rashtriya Rifles are striving to bring peace in the region. They also visited the Hall of Fame, where they witnessed a wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial, said Gen Nimbhorkar, who hails from Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. “The students learnt and enjoyed pitching up tents for themselves. A selected few were given and exposure to fire small arms while all of them greatly enjoyed the adventurous but bumpy tank rides. The Army Dog Show mesmerised them and the children were fascinated by the highly trained and disciplined canines,” he said.The students also had an opportunity to witness the ongoing training activities in the Corps Battle School at Sarol, wherein soldiers are trained in operational requirements in an insurgency affected area. Students also enjoyed camp fire amid the calm and serene beauty of the region. The students experienced first-hand various activities and training that the soldiers undergo on a daily basis including slithering down from helicopters, obstacle training, and use of weaponry.The tour ended with a presentation ceremony at Nagrota where Gen Nimbhorkar presented certificates to students and encouraged them to serve the nation with pride and join the armed forces. The group comprised students and teaching staff from St Joseph Convent Girls High School, Father Agnel Technical High School, Springfield Public High School, Anjuman-e-Islam High School, St Stanliaus High School, St Mary’s High School and Billabong International.

Check nios.ac.in for NIOS Senior Secondary, Class 12th Result 2016 declared

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has declared the NIOS 12th Result 2016 so all the students can heave a sigh of relief. The results have been made available to over 2 lakh students online.How to check your NIOS Class 12 Results 2016:1. Visit the nios.ac.in website<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Click ‘NIOS 12th Result 2016’3. Enter your roll number, name and other credentials4. Click ‘Submit’5. Your result will be displayed on the screen6. Save your scores and take a print out for future reference.Alternate method to get your result:Students can also get their NIOS results through SMS.Type NIOS12 and send it to 5676750.You can also check your results over the phone by using the dedicated helpline 18001809393.Students, who want to receive their NIOS 12th Result 2016 through an email and send a requisition mail to [email protected] NIOS Class 12 Exams 2016:The NIOS examination for Class 12 was held from 29th March to 06th May 2016. National Institute of Open Schooling conducts examinations, twice a year (October and November), for assessing the performance of Secondary and Higher Secondary students. The Board is actively engaged in conducting examinations which is equal to the level of CBSE and ICSE boards.In the previous year, A total of 215369 had registered for the examination out of which 192860 appeared for it. The overall pass percentage was recorded at 51.38%.Good luck to all the students!

JNU, Jamia teachers join DU agitation against new UGC norms

Teachers from various universities across the national capital including JNU, Jamia, IGNOU and Ambedkar on Friday joined the ongoing agitation by DU faculty members in protest against the new UGC criteria to ascertain their academic performance.DU teachers have been boycotting the evaluation of undergraduate exams for last eleven days against amendments to UGC regulations that, they argue, will lead to job-cuts to the tune of 50% and drastically increase pupil-teacher ratio in higher education.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Joining the protest on Friday were teachers Associations of Jamia, IGNOU and Ambedkar University besides JNU Students Union along with other students organisations such as AISA, AISF, CYSS, DSU, NSUI, and SFI.”A fund-granting authority has no right to effect unilateral changes in the number and proportion of lectures, tutorials and practicals as it constituted an attack on the academic autonomy of the varsities. Moreover, each university has its own special character and needs and the mindless, bureaucratic mechanism laid down in the Academic Performance Indicators (API) could not be applied to all,” Gopal Pradhan, member of Ambedkar University Teachers Association said at a joint press conference.Musser Ahmad from Jamia said, “the sharp increase in the workload by excluding tutorials and counting only half the practicals in the teaching hours, that would lead to massive retrenchment and degradation in the quality of teaching, learning and research”.Ajay Mahurkar (IGNOUTA) alleged “the UGC amendment is an attack on academic freedom and creativity by the stipulation of publishing only in UGC-prescribed journals. This would adversely affect research in critical, non-mainstream areas, and could be used to manipulate content and suppress inconvenient and dissident voices”.The new gazette notification has increased the workload for assistant professors from 16 hours of “direct teaching” per week (including tutorials) to 18 hours, plus another six of tutorials, bringing the total up to 24 hours. Similarly the work hours of associate professors have been increased from 14 to 22.While the HRD Ministry had last week defended the new UGC criteria for Academic Performance Indicators for college and university teachers, saying it provides “more flexibility” even as it ruled out any possibility of reduction in number of teaching jobs, it has instructed the UGC to review the same.The University Grants Commission has decided to organise a consultation with stakeholders including representatives from teachers associations across the country over the issue on June 6.

TBSE Tripura Madhyamik (Class 10) Results 2016 to be declared today on 2nd June

The students awaiting Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) Tripura Madhyamik (Class 10) Results 2016 can relax now.Reports state that the Tripura Madhyamik (Class 10) Results 2016 are scheduled to be released today on 2nd June.All the students who have appeared for the TBSE Class 10 2016, Tripura Class 10 2016, Tripura Madhyamik 2016, Tripura Board Class 10 2016 exams can now easily check their results on the board websites.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Follow these simple steps to check the results:1. Visit the official websites of the board: www.tbse.in and tripuraresults .nic.in2. Fill in the required information like the name and roll number3. Click on the ‘Submit’ icon4. Your result will appear on the pageYou can save the result and take a printout for future useWe wish all the students all the best for their results!

Check sebaonline.org and resultsassam.nic.in for Assam SEBA HSLC Results 2016 to be declared today on May 31

The Assam Board is going to declare SEBA HSLC Exam 2016 results on May 31. Students have to visit the official websites to check their results. About Assam Board:The Secondary Education Board Assam (SEBA) is only one Board of Secondary Education that offers and Developed Secondary Education in the Assam. It conducts the High School Living Certificate (HSLC) Examination every year in Assam state. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The SEBA had conducted HSLC Exams between 18th February to 09th March 2016.How to check your result:1. Visit the websites: sebaonline.org and resultsassam.nic.in2. Click on ‘Assam HSLC Result 2016’3. Enter your roll number, name and other credentials4. Click ‘Submit’5. Your result will be flashed on the screen6. Now, download your scores and take a print out for future reference.Good luck!