A two day seminar ‘to mobilize public opinion for the Ram Janambhoomi temple’is being organized by Arundhati Vashishtha Anusandhan Peeth in Arts Faculty, Delhi University starting on 9 January.
In a joint press statement by All India Democratic Students Organisation
All India Students Association
Bhagat Singh Chhatra Ekta Manch
Common Teachers Forum
Democratic Teachers’ Front
Janwadi Shikshak Manch
Krantikari Yuva Sangathan
North-East Forum for International Solidarity
Parivartankami Chhatra Sanghtan (PACHHAS)
Students’ Federation of India
it is stated that
Universities are supposed to be institutions that bring young people from all backgrounds, including all faiths, together in the common endeavour of the pursuit of knowledge. Universities should be spaces for secular education.
The holding of a seminar on such a nationally divisive issue is a blatant misuse of the University. The recent controversies around moves to hold programmes in JNU and Allahabad University with Ramdev and Yogi Adityanath as participants may be recalled. Both moves were successfully resisted by students and the
University as a space open to all was defended.
It is shameful that the DU administration has given permission to hold such a programme. The same administration continuously denied university spaces to the democratically elected bodies to organize meetings and programmes. In allowing this divisive and communal programme, the University administration has shown disrespect to the academic environment of the University. The DU administration is bending backwards to please the BJP-led Government.
It is deplorable that the Government is imposing academic dilution on the public funded universities through hurriedly imposed programmes like CBCS and starving them through fund cuts on one hand and on the other damaging the academic environment in universities by pushing their divisive agenda.
A demand for withdrawing permission for the conduct of this programme has been mentioned.