“Universities & Academic Freedom” : First Session on the Second day of “National Conference on Human Rights”
New Delhi : Prof. Nivedita Menon of Jawaharlal Nehru University, (JNU), has said that the RSS is trying to change the social and cultural ambience of the universities. The new Vice Chancellors appointed by the NDA government try to introduce the culture of “Rashtravaad” through fair or fouls means with the help of the ministers concerned.
Prof. Nivedita made the above observation while delivering her keynote address in the opening session on the second day of the two-day (October 28 & 29, 2017) “National Conference on Human Rights” organized by National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations, (NCHRO).
This session was held in the Gauri Lankesh Hall, at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi on 29-Oct-2017.
Prof. Apoorvanand of Delhi University, (DU) chaired the session on “Universities and Academic Freedom”. Ms Padmashree, Joint Secretary of NCHRO, Karnataka Chapter, welcomed the gathering.
Umar Khalid, the eminent student leader from JNU Delhi, underlined the need for new student politics different from the traditional left.
While Syed Zubair Ahmed, Editor-in-chief of web news portal www.muslimmirror.com, putting forth his views on the topic said: “A university is the place where fascism gets tough resistance, that’s why universities are the main target of fascist forces. When there was no opposition to the RSS controlled BJP government, the main opposition party Congress was nowhere in the scenario and was on ‘watch and wait’ mode. It was JNU, its students and faculty members who were playing the active role of opposition and countering the fascist regime tooth and nail”.
Padmashree – Joint Secretary NCHRO, Karnataka Chapter – Delivering Welcome Speech
YouTube Videos uploaded by Delegates:-
1) Prof. Nivedita Menon, JNU on Universities and Academic Freedom :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifv633-H_WM
2) Umar Khaild, JNU on Universities and Academic Freedom :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhwpC0BqRMc
3) Vasantha Kumari Wife of Prof. Saibaba :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYtm_gNOrKQ
4) Shadaf Mushraf (Sister of missing JNU scholar Najeeb) :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2-4OtJsyYY
5) Cultural Program by Sangwari Group :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTC_rjwu4h8