Some students win their first Jung against Jamia V-C Najeeb
OT, April 19, 2012 12:06 IST
Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
There is good news for some Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) students, who have been at the forefront of agitation for the last one year to pressurize the university authorities to hold students’ union election.
In a fresh development, the Delhi High Court asked university authorities on April 18 to look into the possibility of restoring democracy on the campus. Under the new HC order, university vice-chancellor has been urged to form a committee of academicians to look into the issue.
RTI activist Afroz Alam Sahil was the first student to raise the students’ union election issue. However, the authorities succeeded in silencing him. But some pro-democracy students continued with their crusade.
A final year BA student Hamidur Rehman gathered enough courage to approach the court for the election to be held on JMI campus. He paid a price for this as the university authorities dilly-dallied on issuing good character certificate to him. The court also took notice of this.
Rehman’s counsel Sitab Ali Chaudhary, a JMI alumnus, termed the verdict a positive one.
Till now the authorities have been postponing students’ union election on the ground that it would create trouble on the campus. With students’ union election being held in Aligarh Muslim University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and other universities, demand for election in JMI also gained momentum.
Right now the university has been given a week’s time to set up a five-member committee of academicians to look into the whole matter. Also, the committee has been asked to submit the report by July 24. University authorities could not be reached for comments. Students too are busy preparing for their final year exam.
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