No more online classes in JNU

No more online classes in JNU

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MA Arts and Aesthetics started this petition to JNU Administrative Authorities and

We, the students of MA Arts and Aesthetics, batch 2020-22 attended our first heavy and compressed semester online, but we cannot attend the second semester online. Online education not only reeks of privilege but furthers caste and gender marginalization.

  1. The students come from varied socio-economic backgrounds where lack of electricity, unavailability of electronic devices, language barriers, lack of mental and physical space disrupt their learning ability creating grave inequality.
  2. The digital divide makes online mode of learning a highly unequal methodology. Most students belonging to marginalized communities suffer more than the others. There is no sense of equality and participation and learning is difficult.
  3. Online classes, assignments, conferences, and research is also mentally taxing and expensive. No passive form of education can replace a physical classroom.
  4. Our mental health has been deteriorating at an alarming pace. Some of us have violent home environments and in the absence of hostels and campus, we are rendered helpless and impoverished.
  5. JNU is known for its research emphasis and if all the education is online; and we are not developing the required skills then what is the purpose of the MA degree?
  6. The MCM scholarship amount has also been drastically reduced for us. There is a possibility of mass drop out with digital inequality is piling up.

We, therefore, request the intellectuals of the country, scholars, activists, civil society, and every progressive member of the society associated with JNU to please express their solidarity with the concerned students in this time of grave inequality. Kindly express your support for resumption of physical classes and allocation of hostels to the struggling MA fresher students of SAA by signing the petition.

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