JU VC comes under BJP’s hammer for putting curbs on ‘campus politics’

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Pardeep Singh Bali

Unhappy over the ‘obstinate’ approach of the vice chancellor Jammu University, towards youth wing of ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), the party high command in New Delhi is mulling to take action against the VC-RD Sharma, highly reliable sources within the party said.

The sources also said that besides under criticism from New Delhi, the incumbent vice chancellor was also lambasted by the state cabinet, which met recently under the chairmanship of Chief Minister-Mehbooba Mufti. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav has slammed the obstinate behavior of vice-chancellor professor RD Sharma to ban the party’s youth wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in all educational institutions in the region.

“The high command in New Delhi has taken exception of the approach of the Vice Chancellor towards party’s youth wing, especially barring it from organizing meetings. The party is also mulling to take action accordingly,” sources said and added that this issue was taken up by the state unit of the party, after receiving complaints from ABVP activists.

“The entry of the ABVP has been banned in all educational institutions in the Jammu region. The youth wing of the party was also recently barred from holding executive meet, when they sought permission from Government Women College Parade, Jammu, which was outrightly rejected,” sources said and added that even though deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh was guest for event.

Pertinently, the ban comes in the backdrop of BJP sharing power with PDP in the state. Earlier, during the Cabinet meeting, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof R D Sharma came under severe criticism of BJP Ministers, who alleged stifling of students’ voice as well as their activities on the campus. The issue was first raised by the Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash Ganga, who alleged that the incumbent VC was anti-students and dictatorial in his approach.

He referred to some instances when the university administration did not allow students to carry out even positive activities like organizing of blood donation camp. Ganga was soon joined by other BJP Ministers who also accused Prof R D Sharma of being hostile towards student organizations, particularly the ABVP and its leaders.

Taking cognizance of the BJP Ministers’ complaints against the Vice-Chancellor, sources said that the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asked the Minister of Education Naeem Akhtar to look into the matter and ensure remedial measures. If sources are to be believed, the issue shall be raised in the assembly, which is going to begin from tomorrow.

Meanwhile, talking to Newspoint, State spokesperson of BJP- Prof. Virender Gupta said that this issue has not been limited to ABVP, but all the student organizations. “BJP has castigated the approach of vice chancellor not because it barred ABVP, but because the approach of vice chancellor towards all student organizations was harsh and unacceptable,” said Gupta adding that he had snapped basic right of the students to carry out activities in the university.

When asked about action to be taken against the vice chancellor, prof Gupta said that a consultative advice could be given to the VC, similar to the advice given by chancellor and pro chancellor. However, despite repeated attempts to call Ram Madhav and state president Sat Sharma, they were unavailable for comments.

 

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