India’s one of the most premier institution ,Jawaharlal Nehru university has once again made itself into news. In a recent development the administration has made it compulsory for the students to fill their M.Phil. and P.hD submission forms in Hindi as well as in English. Earlier the students were allowed to fill their forms either in Hindi or in English. Doing away with its liberal policy the administration imposed Hindi on its students today which has created a huge outcry among the students. What is more harassing is that the administration came out with this rule at the last moment when the students were going through their last hour of submission of M.Phil/Ph.D dissertation/thesis today and were asked to fill an online tracking form which should contain title of the dissertation in Hindi.
“The students were going through their last hour of submission of M.Phil/Ph.D dissertation/thesis today. Students were severely harassed for filing an online tracking form which should contain title of the dissertation in Hindi,” said Satarupa Chakraborty, JNU students’ union (JNUSU) general secretary.This decision of the university has come down hard on students who neither speak Hindi nor have learnt to write Hindi. Such students had to run from pillar to post to find someone who could write their dissertation title in Hindi, added Chakraborty. “In a central university where students come from all across the country, how they can possibly write their names or dissertation titles in Hindi? And more importantly, why should they write these mandatorily in Hindi? Will our VC be able to write his name in Hindi or our PM in Tamil or Malayalam?” ,she said.
As a mark of protest any students wrote their dissertation title in their local language script. However, the university has defended its decision by saying that since last year the students are being given bilingual certificates which contains their details in Hindi and English and it is therefore that it has asked the students to fill their details in MPhil and PhD submission form in both the languages in order to ensure that there are no spelling mistakes in the final certificate.
“The certificates given to students after they complete their course now carries their details in Hindi and English. That is why we have asked them to fill their details in MPhil and PhD submission form in Hindi and English. This will ensure there are no spelling mistakes,” HT quoted JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar as saying.
Kumar further added that the university had started giving bilingual certificates to its students from 2016 and if any student has any difficulty in writing the details in Hindi then they should report to the administration which would help them in the same. However this could be seen as yet one of the other instances of harassing students by the administration just in order to escape its own burden of duties.
(By: Gaurav Prateek, a student of B.A. (H) English, Jamia Millia Islamia)