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LIVE: Jamia students’ march to V-C office begins

For the last eleven years, the students of Jamia Millia Islamia have had no representation in the decision making bodies in the university and hence on Thursday they have decided to march to the V-C’s office as announced earlier.

Many students had gathered at the Central Canteen from where they plan to march in a few minutes and meet Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad urging him to announce date of students’ union election suspended on the campus since March 2006 for years, said sources.

The Indian Express report pointed out that various groups have together formed a Joint Action Committee (JAC) to demand elections. National Students’ Union of India, Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti, All India Students’ Association, the Jamia Students’ Forum and Dayar-i-Shauq Students’ Charter (DISSC) are part of the JAC.

A member of JAC told IE that they will escalate the protest if the VC doesn’t announce polls by 10 October. It is understood that the marching students will stop at DCW office on the campus with a delegation of the students to meet the VC from there, said sources.

Speaking to IE, Jamia V-C Talat Ahmad had said earlier: … The matter is sub-judice, I cannot take any decision.”

“The students feel powerless in the face of administrative decisions as scraping of paper mark sheets, fee hike or administrative inefficiencies such as delay and errors in examination results…,” DISSC said in a release issued to the media.

In such a scenario, a student council nominated and dominated by the administration will be pointless, it said.

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