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Petition to President of India

Stand against attacks on academic spaces

To, Shri Ram Nath Kovind Hon’ble President of India Rashtrapati Bhavan President’s Estate New Delhi – 110004 Date: January 10, 2020 Subject: Request to safeguard fundamental rights and ensure safety of students in Indian universities  Dear Sir, On January 5th, a group of armed men and women entered the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus and wreaked havoc. Unarmed students and teachers were beaten up mercilessly and university property was damaged. This dastardly attack, on JNU students, teachers and staff, is an act of terror that has created an atmosphere of fear across the country. Further, it has far reaching consequences and has caused irreparable damage to harmony and functioning of Indian society.  What is at stake is the freedom of scholars to conduct critical enquiry, and the freedom of teachers and students to collectively deliberate on any idea without fear of sanction, censure or illegitimate interference.  To express opinion is the fundamental right of every Indian, the attack on places of higher education should be considered as an act of silencing the demand for freedom of thought and intolerance towards rationalism.  We use our right to Freedom of Expression and ask the following questions. 1. Are students safe? In recent months, there have been incidents of police brutality to mute dissent in the university campuses such as Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim Univerisity. Each of these incidents has further diminished our faith in the Indian State Machinery to ensure the safety and the protection of the fundamental rights of its own citizenry.    2. How can we trust the law enforcers whose inaction during the entire episode was more than evident? The audacity of the attackers to perpetrate violence for three hours unabated, despite the presence of Delhi Police right outside the JNU gates, is symptomatic of a regime no longer bound by the values enshrined in our Constitution. The increased frequency of such attacks across educational institutes and the complicity of the state apparatus in protecting the perpetrators and intimidating the victims is a direct challenge to the noble ideals which inspired our Freedom Movement.    As members of the JNU fraternity, duty-bound by virtue of being responsible citizens of the Indian Republic, we strongly condemn the violence that was witnessed at JNU and request the attention of the President of India to the following appeals: An independent judicial inquiry into the attacks on the JNU community on the 5th of January, 2020. Since this is a collective failure on part of the JNU administration, JNU security and Delhi Police, we appeal that the Vice Chancellor of JNU, M. Jagdeesh Kumar, JNU Chief Security Officer Naveen Yadav and Commissioner of Delhi Police, Amulya Patnaik should resign taking the moral responsibility of the incident. We appeal to you to ensure a free and safe environment at academic spaces, wherein there will be no threats against rational thinking, freedom of speech and expression of dissent. Sincerely, The concerned members of JNU fraternity (undersigned)

arun bahuleyan
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Petition to President - Prof. Dr. Satyajit Chakrabarti, Principal - Dr. A.K. Nayak, HOD of CSE DEPT. - Prof. Sourav Saha

We stand against the latest announcement by our college IEM Kolkata on absence/attendance.

Our college Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata recently made an announcement that if any student is found being absent for  A.)1 day - He/she has to take permission from the respective class teacher. B.)2 days - He/she has to take permission from the Principal in-charge. C.)3 or more days - He/she has to take re-admission in the college. But we as students stand against this announcement as our University Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT) or The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has never issued any such notices or announcements so it violates the guidelines of both of these educational organisations.This also makes life difficult for us students as it only adds to the worry and pressure that we have already been facing which can ultimately lead to depression.On another note, it makes the college environment robust and unfriendly to visit and it deteriorates us academically. We hope the college administration looks into this with utmost priority and uplifts this rule asap or provide an appropriate alternative. We shall forever be obliged to all of you for this. Thankyou                                                                                                                                                               We the students

Sandeep Das
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