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Students up against Jamia’s embedded students’ union bid (video)

Some Jamia Millia Islamia students are up against the administration efforts to allegedly float controlled Students Council. The issue had surfaced a few weeks ago when a meeting of top university officials with students was held in Engineering Faculty auditorium. Since then some students have been opposing it, holding peaceful meeting on the campus to drum up support for direct students’ union election that has been not held for years.

One such meeting was held on March 14 in front of university’s central canteen where some students expressed their displeasure over the move for alleged embedded students’ union. The meet was addressed by student leader Meeran Haider, who also did a FB live of the event.

Another meeting was held today between some students and DCW and Proctor office bearers, claimed a student on the condition of anonymity.

Official version of the event could not be ascertained. However, a student on the condition of anonymity told OT.COM that they are dead against formation of such controlled students council. It is important to point out that it was in 2006 when students’ union election was banned.

Since then students have been holding peaceful protests to convince the administration to hold elections but with little impact.

Reacting on Meeran’s post a few people expressed their views.

Syed Mohd Kazim: “Election of Students’ Union in the Central University is the democratic right of the students. I wonder why is Jamia authority not permitting it since 1997 when last complete election was held in democratic way?”

Noor Ilahi wrote: “New thinking is a good thinking change environment of Jamia….”

Talking about today’s meeting, a student requesting anonymity said students are opposing to work under Vice Chancellor.

Students have been told not to use posters and mike and voting right has been given to only 500 class representatives and not to 17,000 students, said the source, adding that CRs walked out from the meeting that was attended by DSW and Proctor team.

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