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SFI Protests Against Discrimination Targetting Kerala Students

After a post by a Professor at Kirolmal College, the University of Delhi on Facebook, which alleged was discriminatory to Kerala Students, the Student Federation of India (SFI) DU held a protest to make its stand against it. 

The Student Federation India (SFI) Delhi University protested against the alleged discrimination against students from state boards at the University of Delhi. The SFI Central Executive Committee (CEC) member Nitheesh Narayanan, SFI Delhi State Vice president Utkarsh and Convenor of SFI DU Akhil KM addressed the gathering at noon in front of the Arts Faculty, near the Vice-Chancellor’s Office on 8th October 2021. 

 This incident cannot be seen in isolation, students coming from Bihar and Haryana to DU had been the target of xenophobes in the 1990s and 2000s. DU is a Central University and must welcome students from across the country with open arms,

said Akhil KM while talking to DU Beat.

As per the circular by DU, only 5% of the total admission after the first cutoff is constituted by Kerala board students. The performance of Kerala students is due to the hard work of the students as well as the constant effort by the Kerala government to provide access to education even during the pandemic. DU and the Central Govt must introspect why it failed to provide quality education to students in the past one year when Kerala government succeeded.

Said Utkarsh, SFI Delhi-Vice President.

The SFI recognizes that this is a deliberate action aimed at deviating attention from the real and imminent issues that taunt higher education today which is the diminishing fund allocation for the education sector, the lack of quality higher educational institutions at affordable fees. This is a corollary of the NEP 2020 that ABVP and NDTF welcomed with open arms. Earlier there were similar such campaigns against students from Bihar and, and today it happens to be students from Kerala. This is essentially a typical right-wing attempt at redirecting attention from pertinent issues to divide and create hate among groups through malevolent speech and actions.

Nitheesh Narayan SFI Central Secretariat Member, while talking to DU Beat.

The Protest also condemned the extremely derogatory and communal statement by Professor Rakesh Pandey, who on Facebook termed high scores scored by Kerala Students as Marks Jihad. 

In a Press Release, released on 7th October 2021, by the University, it clarified that “Being a Central University, the University of Delhi equally and uniformly values the academic credentials of all the candidates irrespective of their States and School Boards. This year too, equal opportunity was maintained by accepting applications based on merit only. The University of Delhi strongly refutes and condemns the falsity of news that is being circulated regarding favouring candidates from a few boards. Being a prestigious Central University with a long legacy of quality teaching and research, candidates across the country aspire to study in our colleges/departments/centres. It is our utmost responsibility to maintain justice and equity to all meritorious candidates coming not only from the Indian States but also from abroad.” 

The Press Release also gave the bifurcation of students from different boards who secured admission in the University under its first cut off:

  • 31172 candidates from the CBSE board
  • 2365 from Kerala Board of Higher Secondary Education
  • 1540 from Board of School Education Haryana
  • 1429 from Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations 
  • 1301 from the Board of Secondary Education Rajasthan in addition to other state boards secured admission in the institution. 

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Feature Image Credits: SFI