Posters of Dharm Sabha on MCU Noida campus stirs controversy

Bhopal: The Noida campus of Bhopal-based journalism university was flooded with stickers of rightist outfits appealing to students to take part in Dharm Sabha held in Delhi on Sunday with the aim of construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

This has been opposed by a section of students as such activity on educational campus is not healthy.

“Instead of taking classes, teachers were prodding students of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication (MCU) to take part in the religious event. Some senior students are also involved,” said a source in the university.

Vice-chancellor Jagdish Upasne, however, said that the posters might have been put up on Sunday. The campus was closed on Saturday evening at 7.15 pm and no one was around on campus. “So it seems a mischief done by outsiders,” he said. However, DB Post has pictures of posters that were put up on the walls on Saturday.

Students threatened

Students opposing such activities are threatened, even manhandled and pressurised in other ways, sources said, not willing to be identified. A student of the university said, “The students are more busy in visiting a private media organisation office belonging to a rightist group adjacent to the university building in Noida than attending classes.”

Deepak Sharma, director of associate institutes and in-charge of Noida campus, feigned ignorance. “I know nothing about this issue. I’ll look into it,” he said. However, he was not available later for comments.

This year, the university celebrated the Shaurya Diwas in the office of this media organisation to mark the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6. The students of the university and a few teachers attended the programme. NSUI spokesperson Vivek Tripathi said, “This is not only the case of the Noida campus. The same thing is happening in Bhopal campus also.” The state government has favoured the saffronisation of education in state universities and MCU has become the laboratory for it, added Tripathi.

This seems to be mischief by outsiders. I have asked the registrar to inquire into the matter and initiate strict action against the security agency responsible for security at entry gates and inside the campus. -Jagdish Upasne, vice-chancellor, MCU

Appeal on students’ social media groups too

  • Appeals to attend the religious meet were also released on a social media group of students of the university. “Groups of students have claimed that similar propaganda material is regularly circulated on the group, which is objected upon by some students,” sources added.

  • They also claimed that students were forced to attend the ‘shakha’ of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and other programmes of right-wing groups like the ABVP, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and others.

(Story by: Antriksh Kar Singh)