Dhrupadi Ghosh submitted a letter to the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, demanding her immediate reinstatement. The PhD scholar whose PhD admission has been cancelled without any explanation was accompanied by some PhD scholars from the university, according to a statement issued by student body Dayar-i-Shauq Students Charter (DISSC) on Monday.
“The PhD scholars questioned the Dean regarding the violation of principles of natural justice, which gives at least one hearing to the party to defend her case. On asking about the constituents of the committee that recommended the cancellation of admission, Dean, Prof N.U Khan revealed that he does not know when the committee was constituted, nor was he a member of the “high power” committee that recommended Ghosh’s deregistration,” said DISSC.
It should be recalled that the Dean issued an office order on 12.09.2017, which reads: “In the light of the Office Order No. AC-4(36)/RO/2017 dated 07.09.2017 issued by the Registrar, JMI regarding the cancellation of Dhrupadi Ghosh from PhD in Sociology, the admission of Dhrupadi Ghosh is being cancelled from PhD in Sociology w.e.f. 07.11.2017.”
Ghosh has not received any communication regarding the cancellation of her admission, which has taken place without giving her any chance to defend her PhD, said students.
The Pioneer reported on Saturday quoting university media coordinator Professor Saima Saeed, who said: “Cancellation of her PhD registration has got to do nothing with protest. Dozens of protests have taken place in the university campus and nobody has been served any notice. If protesting inside the campus was an issue, other students could have met the same fate. Why only her research has been cancelled as there is more than what meets the eye.”
NDTV talked to an official about the issue to which the reply was quite ‘technical.’ According to the official, Ghosh has a qualification in Fine Arts which is completely (not even remotely) an allied subject of Sociology. Only when the Board of Studies realised it, they decided to cancel her admission, reported NDTV.
A statement issued by DISSC said: “Dhrupadi, who took admission in PhD Sociology in September 2015, has been suddenly ousted from the university, her PhD registration cancelled after two years of research.”