Skip to main content

Lockdown: Hyderabad Urdu varsity 'refuses' to look after 300 poor outstation students

By Our Representative
Nearly 300 students of the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Hyderabad, have been stranded for lack of funds to feed themselves during the current lockdown. Revealing this, Umar Faruq, president, MANUU Students’ Union, has said that the students, mostly belonging to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, live outside the MANUU campus because of lack of hostel rooms.
Faruq, in a letter to Firoz Bakht Ahmed, chancellor, MANUU, “As a majority of students live outside the university owing to the paucity of the rooms inside the campus hostels, they are unable to pay the rent since most of their parents are poor and are not earning owing to the lockdown.”
The letter, whose contents were made public by Ahmed, said, while the students’ union was trying its level best for providing food the students, there was no positive response from the in charge vice-chancellor Prof Ayub Khan, except that there are no funds and the nodal officer has refused any help.
Ahmed said, Faruq in his letter has requested transportation of these students, but Prof Khan has not responded. This is happening despite the fact that “all the universities are managing the transportation of the students on their own as this activity falls under the ambit of the university administration.”
Ayub Khan, Firoz Bakht Ahmed, Umar Faruq
“When the government is sending lakhs of migrant workers to their hometowns, why can’t this university send the poor students who have no earning resources? The spendthrift university can waste lakhs of rupees on the so-called, some 15-20 consultants who draw a salary of about one lakh rupees per month in addition to the free food and lodging and perks!”, the letter has been quoted as saying.
Comments Ahmed, agreeing with the spirit of the letter, “Most of these consultants have been living in the university as parasites. The ministry of human resource development should inquire into this matter asking for the accountability of these retired and superannuated consultants.”

Comments

TRENDING

Nirma varsity demand for higher fees 'illegal', violates Article 14: Letter to Gujarat HC

Counterview Desk
Students of Gujarat’s top private institute, Nirma University, situated in the outskirts of Ahmedabad, in a letter to the Chief Justice the state High Court, have complained that the authorities are demanding “full fees” from students, without taking into account the “disproportionate impact” the lockdown has on the livelihood of students and families.

Buddhist shrines massively destroyed by Brahmanical rulers in "pre-Islamic" era: Historian DN Jha's survey

By Our Representative
Prominent historian DN Jha, an expert in India's ancient and medieval past, in his new book, "Against the Grain: Notes on Identity, Intolerance and History", in a sharp critique of "Hindutva ideologues", who look at the ancient period of Indian history as "a golden age marked by social harmony, devoid of any religious violence", has said, "Demolition and desecration of rival religious establishments, and the appropriation of their idols, was not uncommon in India before the advent of Islam".

Vulnerable to Covid-19, sharp rise in murder of Indian journalists during pandemic

By Nava Thakuria*
Vulnerability of working journalists in India is no way an alien issue as the populous country loses a number of working journalists to assailants as also medical emergencies. Even though there was only one casualty in the Indian media fraternity during the first half of 2020, who was targeted for journalistic work, India has begun witnessing an alarming number of media casualties during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Govt 'assures' Gujarat HC no action against MBBS students defying corona sahayak order

By Our Representative
The Gujarat government has assured the High Court that no action would be taken against Part-I and Part-II MBBS students of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC)-controlled NHL Medical College and LG Hospital and Medical College. The assurance follows the direction by Justice SH Vora to the State government not to prosecute or initiate action against the students who were defying the college authorities’ order to work as corona sahayaks (helpers).

Ex-official: Murmu, appointed as CAG, will 'surely' perform shradh of the institution

Counterview Desk
A former senior official of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), Shantanu Basu, in a Facebook comment in the wake of the appointment of GC Murmu, a Gujarat IAS cadre official of the 1985, has raised doubts about the independence of CAG following the Government of India move.

Renounced US citizenship to serve workers, tribals, Sudha Bharadwaj 'odiously' in jail

By Atul, Sandeep Pandey*
Professor Sudha Bharadwaj has been in jail since August 2018. She was taken into police custody on August 26, 2018 on suspicion of being involved in Maoist terror activities after Republic TV claimed that she had allegedly written a letter to Maoists and was conspiring to create public disorder and unrest in India.

Plant organic, eat fresh: Emlen Bage's journey from migrant labour to agri-entrepreneur

By Chandrashekar and Kriti*
Who is a farmer? Type this question in the google search and check out the images? You can see men thronging the screen. This is the popular perception around the globe. Well one can understand how difficult it would be for a woman to defy this perception.

High youth unemployment: India 'fails' to take advantage of demographic dividend

By Varun Kumar
As coronavirus pandemic continues amplifying challenges among youth with regard to employment opportunities, government policies have further resulted in economic slowdown, leading to mass unemployment and loss jobs. According to the International Labour Organisation report “Covid-19 and the World of Work” (May 27, 2020), around 94 percent of the world’s workers are living in countries with some sort of workplace closure measures in place.

Dichotomy? US Hindutva groups oppose racism, mum on Modi's 'anti-minority' stance

By Our Representative
The Hindus for Human Rights (HHR), a US-based advocacy group, has noticed a major dichotomy between the stance taken by RSS’ US arm, Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh (HSS), expressing “shock” at the “painful killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others”, all of which suggest “the tragic tale of racial injustice” in US, and HSS’ “hatred” for India’s religious minorities and Dalits.