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#hokkolorob: Petition-We call on you to take all appropriate steps to end the continuous attacks on the academic community of Jadavpur University, Kolkata

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Petition by
Pablo Mukherjee
Oxford, United Kingdom

These are systematically degrading an internationally acclaimed university’s ability to conduct the outstanding teaching and research for which it is known. The recent physical attacks carried out against students by the police have rightly attracted widespread national and international condemnation. The fiasco was made all the more disturbing by the fact that the students were protesting the university administrator’s spectacular mishandling of a horrific case of sexual assault on one of their peers. But we, friends and alumni of the university, also note with alarm that these outrages are only the latest in a series of efforts to terminate all forms of academic freedom on campus. Much of the damage is being done by what appears to be a deliberate and sustained campaign against established protocols of democratic governance. Notable among the recent administrative measures have been

Overruling of decisions made by duly constituted selection committees in order to hire individuals with specific political affiliations. One of these decisions, regarding a candidate for a post in the School of Illumination Science and Engineering, has been challenged at the Kolkata High Court
Summary dismissals of the Directors and Joint-Directors of 21 Schools of Inter-Disciplinary Studies in August 2014
Amending rules regarding the appointment of Deans of Schools and teachers so that these decisions can now be made only by the VC and the State administration
Along with the organized violence against students, the aim of these steps appear to be nothing less than the total eclipse of the university’s ability to exist as a place of learning and as a centre of critical energy. We demand that these efforts to destroy one of India’s leading universities should cease with immediate effect.

To:
Chancellor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Governor, West Bengal
Governor, Governor, West Bengal
We call on you to take all appropriate steps to end the continuous attacks on the academic community of Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
Sincerely,
[Your name]

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