Some student so Jamia Millia Islamia’s Arjun Singh Centre for Distance and Opening Learning have launched a signature campaign to drum up support for their causes to mount pressure on the university authorities to provide them more facilities after their several pleadings for a meeting with Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad allegedly turned down, said students.
While sharing the issue with OT.COM they requested their names not to be published for fear of retribution from the administration. A few demands that they want the administration to accept are increase in counseling classes from five, library facilities and distribution of study materials in different languages including Hindi, English and Urdu.
“We wrote letter to the Registrar and Vice-Chancellor. And we were told that counseling classes will not be increased and library facilities will not be provided, which is just not pro-students. In DU and IGNOU, distance education students get more facilities. Moreover, there is placement cell also which is lacking in our centre. Also, we have come to know that the fee structure in Jamia is more than other distance learning centres,” said one student on the condition of anonymity.
They said it was only very recently that they got study materials in Hindi language.
“The counseling classes are not a lot and we want it to be increased. We have met several officials but nothing has moved in the right direction. It was only after we exhausted all our chances we know have decided to raise these issues on the social media. We don’t want our name published in the newspaper as we fear that the administration might take action against us,” said another distance education student.
Also, the students shared letters written to the V-C and Registrar in which they have raised the concerning issues requesting for a solution. University officials could not be reached for their comments.