Published On: Thu, Feb 18th, 2016
Published in Category: International

Global universities come out in support of NJU students

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New Delhi: Over 400 academicians from international universities including Columbia, Yale, Harvard and Cambridge, have came out in support of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students against arrest of student leader by Indian police.

A joint statement signed by 455 academicians from global universities, said that as teachers, students, and scholars across the world, we are watching with extreme concern the situation unfolding at JNU and refuse to remain silent as our colleagues students, staff, and faculty resist the illegal detention and autocratic suspension of students.

JNU stands for a vital imagination of the space of the university an imagination that embraces critical thinking, democratic dissent, student activism, and the plurality of political beliefs. It is this critical imagination that the current establishment seeks to destroy, said the academicians.

JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested last week in a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy registered over a protest against illegal hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru at the university.

His arrest has triggered widespread outrage among students and teachers and drawn severe criticism from non-BJP political parties. The university teachers have also rallied behind its protesting students and questioned the administration’s decision to allow police crackdown on the campus.document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);