Published: 27th February 2023
SAU: CPI(M) MP writes a concerned letter to EAM about expulsion of students
"Such vengeful actions against the students will harm the growth and development of the institution," the MP writes
Communist Party of India (Marxist) Rajya Sabha MP Dr V Sivadasan has written a letter to Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar conveying his concern over the recent rustication and expulsion of students from South Asian University (SAU). He has also expressed the need for the varsity administration to resolve the matter.
"This is to bring to your kind attention, the expulsion and rustication orders issued against the students of the South Asian University. It is understood that they are facing punitive action for registering their protest against the lack of scholarships. I have also been informed that the harassment of the administration had pushed a student to extent of attempting to commit suicide," Dr Sivadasan writes in the letter, as per a report by ANI.
"It is a cause of extreme dismay that a prestigious international university like South Asian University is getting its image tarnished by the authoritarian actions taken by the administration. There is a need to take the students into confidence and the administration should adopt the path of deliberations for resolving the issue," he added.
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"Such vengeful actions against the students will harm the growth and development of the institution. News reports are present of senior South Asian University officials trying to malign the character of the students by using 'abusive words' and 'unauthenticated drugs'. Such a move is extremely condemnable," the letter reads further.
Mentioning that SAU, as the collective venture of the South Asian countries, has great potential to excel, the CPI(M) MP concludes, "I request your kind attention and urgent intervention in the matter so that the issue is resolved in a democratic and righteous manner, reflective of the high regard with which the ideals of democracy and free speech are to be held in higher education," as per ANI.