It was an unusual scene at Jamia Millia Islamia Engineering Faculty’s auditorium on Thursday around 11 am with class representatives (CRs) and senior university officials, including DSW and Proctor, holding a meeting to discuss ways to restore embedded students’ representatives on the campus.
According to highly reliable source, the brainstorming meeting went on until 1:30 pm. CRs elected and nominated were called for the meeting. Efforts were made from the officials to convince them about subject associations to be elected by the class representatives of each academic session, which some students opposed, said sources on the condition of anonymity.
Some said the students were divided with some going for embedded students’ representatives.
That was not all as after the meeting was over student groups called a meeting of their own representatives at Polytechnic lawn at about 2:30 pm where students rejected the university proposal and demanded for election with participation of all university students, said a participant on the condition of anonymity.
Official version could not be ascertained.
Jamia has not organised union elections since March 2006. Several efforts by some students and alumni to convince the university to hold union elections at a time when they are held in other universities, including DU, JNU, AMU, BHU and other universities have failed to yield positive results.
The buzz is that in the absence of students union body, the administration gets free hand to do whatever it wishes. The recent case in point is Jamia conferring its prestigious award Imtiaz-e-Jamia on Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alumnus Frank Islam, allegedly ignoring Jamia alumnus.
The development had left many alumni deeply upset with Ali Arshad even questioning the university’s decision. However, the university went ahead with its decision.
During one such debate on the social media, Zaubair Irashad wrote: “JMI administration must reinstate the JMISU to raise such concerns as democracy allows us to object or agree in a healthy atmosphere.”