Action sought against Delhi University professor Rakesh Pandey for ‘marks jihad’ remark | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Various students’ unions protested at the Delhi University (DU) campus on Friday demanding action against professor Rakesh Pandey for his comments on students from Kerala.
All India Students’ Association (AISA) demanded that the Kirori Mal College (KMC) professor be suspended for his “islamophobic and racist comments” against Muslim students and students from Kerala.

“Alleging a ‘marks jihad’ in Kerala state board, the teacher has parroted the age-old RSS rhetoric against Muslim ‘merit’ and against the people of Kerala. DU is a central university that works on the principles of the Constitution and no compromise with the ideal of secularism in the university will be tolerated,” said Ritwik Raj, secretary of AISA DU.
Students’ Federation of India (SFI) also protested against the “discrimination” faced by students from certain state boards.
Utkarsh, vice president of SFI’s Delhi unit said, “As per the circular by DU, only 5% of the total admissions after first cutoff is constituted by Kerala board students. The performance of Kerala students is due to hard work of the students as well as the constant effort by the Kerala government to provide access to education even during pandemic.”
National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) also protested outside KMC and submitted a memorandum to the college authorities.
Kunal Sehrawat, NSUI state president, said, “We have demanded the immediate dismissal of the professor and also demanded an apology.”
Meanwhile, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad also protested against unreasonable cut-off marks and demanded that the admission process at DU be stopped immediately.
The students’ group also demanded a mechanism for moderation of marks for all state boards across the country.

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