Has Jamia failed its economically weak Muslim students?
OT, September 7, 2012 05:08 IST
Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
Regular fee hike in Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has become very common with this year no exception, according to a press release issued by All India Students’ Association (AISA).
The release which carried the name of AISA Delhi president Sandipan said: “Fee in almost all courses have been hiked with an average of 15 per cent. Technical courses are the worst affected. Moreover JMI has witnessed a regular increase in self financing courses with huge amount of fee. As an obvious outcome the economically backward section has to bear the brunt of it. Economically backward Muslims see JMI with high hopes for better education and future. But the regular fee hike has shattered students’ hope.”
Keeping all this in view, the AISA organized a public hearing on September 6 in front of Khalilullah Masjid near Batla House from 4 PM onwards.
Faculty members from JNU, DU, Ambedkar University, IIMC are expected to attain it and also students from these campuses will express their solidarity, declared the release.
Besides, public hearing was organized as a part of AISA’s extensive campaign against massive fee hike in JMI and for restoring students’ democratic rights on the campus.
“With fee getting hike unabated, students’ democratic rights in JMI have continuously been curtailed. Now there is an undeclared emergency in the campus. The recent case of Hamidur Rehman has made the intentions of JMI administration’s clear,” claimed the release.
But life on campus on the protest day went on as usual with many students even not aware of the development and didn’t take the pain to turn up.
A student on the condition of anonymity told OKHLA TIMES that the call for protest of AISA was too late.
“Now all the fee formalities are over. Students have paid their fee and hence the protest makes no sense. Will AISA force authorities to return the hiked fee? That is not possible. For me this protest is nothing but politicizing the issue. AISA should have started its protest a few weeks ago when economically weaker students were struggling to pay their fees and looking for direction,” he said.
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