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Musical evening row: Jamia issues show-cause notices to some students

Jamia Millia Islami issued show-cause notices to four students, including a PhD scholar and three others, on September 6, according to a reliable source.

Carrying signature of Prof Haroon Sajjad, Chief Proctor, the notice has asked the students to “explain their stands in writing latest by September 13 and in case they fail to submit the explanation within the stipulated time, it shall be presumed that you have nothing to say in your defence and disciplinary action shall be initiated against you as per Jamia Rules and Regulations”.

“You were one of the leading organisers of the Musical Evening event organised unauthorisedly on August 24 at 4.15 m in the lawns of New Teaching Block adjacent to Central canteen. You were fully aware that your coorganisers had approached the Chief Proctor on August 22 for organising Musical Evening which has been denied to them on the ground that use of music system with high volume speakers will disturb the ongoing classes in the adjoining departments.

“However, you along with your group went ahead in the organisation of the programme… Despite denial of permission and offer of alternate venue you with your team of organisers brought forcefully the music system with high volume speakers to the lawn of New Teaching block and installed the equipments and put up the posters.

“Seeing all these happenings, one of our Asst. Proctors advised you to shift the venue…to the Open Air Theatre. However, you along with fellow students in open defiance started playing sound system.

“Meanwhile, a group of students approached the Proctorial Team on the spot and requested to stop the programme, as it is disturbing the ongoing classes.

“Even the Proctorial team advised that you and others may continue the programme without musical system and mikes…However, instead of respecting the advice, you along with others entered into arguments with the students who were disturbed by loud sound of music.

“On following day i.e August 25 you gave a call to gherao the Vice Chancellor Office and march in procession.

“You provoked the students to force open the iron gate of Jamia Administrative Block Gate number 15 resulting physical injury to the security guards and damage to Jamia property, despite offer of meetings by the Administration with representatives of the students…

“Whereas your above mentioned willful and unlawful acts amount to gross indiscipline and serious misconduct in terms of violation of Rules and Regulation as contained in the various statues, ordinances of Jamia Millia Islamia,” read the notice.

Chief Proctor Prof Haroon Sajjad confirmed to OT.COM that a show cause notice has been issued to some students.
On being asked whether action will be taken against them, he said students have given a chance to explain their stands and once they submit it the committee will go through it and take the decision.

Last year in October the Jamia administration had to withdraw show-cause notices against girl students after it had raised eyebrows.
Then the university had said this as quoted by a national daily “The administration has decided to withdraw all the notices issued so far to the residents of the girls’ hostel.”

The Musical Evening had courted controversy with students accusing the university officials of manhandling the students gathered at spot in an event organised by DISSC Dyar i shauq student charter.

Some students had even shared videos on the social media of the event to buttress their stand.

Some students had even peacefully protested at the campus that night seeking justice and removal of proctor and apology letter from the administration. They even marched towards the VC office later on with their demands.

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