Prof’s campaign sparks political argument – ThePrint
New Delhi: After “love jihad” and “narcotics jihad”, it is “mark jihad”.
In the midst of the ongoing admissions process at the University of Delhi, a professor launched an online campaign against the “over-admission” of Kerala students to the university, alleging that there is a “left-wing conspiracy”. -jihadist ”behind that.
“A college had to admit 26 students into a 20-place course just because they all had 100 percent Kerala board grades. Over the past few years, the Kerala board has implemented – # MarksJihad, ”Rakesh Pandey, professor of physics at Kirori Mal College, DU, posted on Facebook earlier this week.
Speaking to ThePrint, Pandey said there had been an “infiltration of Kerala students into DU”.
“It’s a trend we’ve noticed. Kerala councils give very high marks, almost all students who come from Kerala to apply for DU admission have 100% marks. So you can’t deny them admission, you are almost guaranteed admission, ”Pandey said.
“Most of them can’t converse in English or Hindi, the main languages used in DU. Teachers here cannot speak Malayalam. So why are they coming here? I think it’s a conspiracy, “he added.
Pandey alleged that this “over-admission” of Kerala students to DU is “by design”.
“This is an organized development of a missionary type. They want to come here and spread their jihadist and leftist propaganda. Kerala has been a hotbed of jihadist and leftist activity, so it’s an ideal way for them to spread their ideology, ”he said.
Pandey, former chairman of a teachers’ body linked to RSS, the National Democratic Teachers Front, added that the way Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was “captured” by residents of Kerala, a similar attempt is pending against DU.
“We have to put an end to it, we have to change our admission criteria in some way or another to not allow this,” he said.
In September, a Kerala bishop created a stir with his statement alleging a “jihad of narcotics” plot, after the church launched a narrative against the “jihad of love”.
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DU denies accusations of “discrimination”
Pandey’s remarks, followed by protests from the ABVP, created a political controversy, with the Federation of Students of India (IFC) – the student wing of CPI (M) – calling them “racist and communal movements.” “.
“The statement made by him (Pandey) makes the DU environment for students in Kerala and all over South India very unwelcoming,” Akhil KM, organizer and member of the Delhi state committee, told ThePrint. of the IFC.
“It has very clear racist and community connotations,” he added.
The ABVP, however, said its protest was about all state councils giving inflated ratings, not one particular council.
“Our problem is that when state councils inflate grades so much, many other students end up in pain. This is not a particular state council, ”ABVP media manager Sidharth Yadav told ThePrint.
The SFI has also alleged that some Kerala students are “discriminated against because of their board.”
“DU is required to admit students who meet all the eligibility criteria, it is a pity that applicants are discriminated against based on their board of directors, while the hard work provided by applicants from these different boards is the same, “SFI said. in a statement Wednesday.
However, the university has denied these allegations.
Vikas Gupta, the registrar of the University of Delhi, has denied any discrimination against Kerala students when admitting, or “over-admitting” students to the state.
“There is no discrimination or over-admission of students from Kerala or any state council. We are very clear that our eligibility criteria are the same for everyone. There is no basis for these allegations, ”Gupta told ThePrint.
(Edited by Neha Mahajan)
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