DU Professor alleges 'mark jihad' by Kerala Students
Kozhikode: A remark by a Delhi University professor has triggered heated discussions over the alleged invasion of students from Kerala in Delhi University. Dr Rakesh Kumar Pandey, Professor and Head of Department of Physics, Kirori Mal College, Delhi, has alleged in a social media statement that 'marks jihad' by those who are holding power in Kerala has resulted in students from Kerala getting more seats in the undergraduate courses offered in Delhi University. Professor Rakesh is a former president of the National Democratic Teachers' Federation, an RSS affiliated organisation.
'Majority of the students from Kerala are not comfortable with neither English nor Hindi. They are wasting their career and money here,' he told mathrubhumi.com. When asked if this is an organised activity of the LDF government in Kerala, he said 'powerful people are behind it.'
'You need support from powerful people to score 100 per cent in bulk. I am not talking about one or two people. Also, living in Delhi is very expensive. So you need money as well,' he added.
Rakesh used the term 'mark Jihad' to denote the spread of Left ideology in Delhi University. 'This is not about any religion. In Love Jihad, love is used to propagate a particular religion. But Mark Jihad is about Leftist ideology.' Rakesh called for an entrance examination to the admissions in DU.
Meanwhile, Student bodies have ridiculed the comments of the professor. SFI national president V P Sanu said his statement is communal and racist.
'Rakesh Pandey is a member of RSS-affiliated teachers body NDTF. He floated the communal & racist 'conspiracy' theory that southern state students' flow to Delhi University is part of 'mark jihad'! It speaks volumes about RSS vision of the idea of India & the kind of poison they are,' he tweeted.
Rakesh Pandey, is a member of RSS-affiliated teachers body NDTF.— V P Sanu (@VP_Sanu) October 7, 2021
He floated the communal & racist "conspiracy" theory that southern state students flow to Delhi University is part of 'mark jihad'!
It speaks volumes about RSS vision on idea of India & the kind of poison they are~
'ABVP is also holding a similar protest. Though they are not naming any state, it is clear what they aim for,' SFI Delhi University convenor Akhil KM told mathrubhumi.com.
'DU is bound to admit students satisfying all the eligibility criteria, it is a matter of shame that applicants are being discriminated based on their board, while the hard work put in by the applicants from these varying boards are the same,' Akhil said in a different statement. MSF Delhi University president Anseena said that even if they screen using an entrance exam, Malayali students will crack it easily. 'This is not any particular Jihad. Malayalis are there in many central universities. We are well educated. Even in DU, certain courses like B Arch have an entrance exam. Malayali students are studying the course.'
She feels he used the word 'Jihad' as more students from the Malabar region started to get admissions in DU. Anseena also said the statement that Kerala students are not comfortable with Hindi and English is laughable. She said that MSF would approach the authorities to demand the withdrawal of the statement.
The fact is that only 4,824 students from Kerala applied to DU out of 2.87 lakh applicants. The majority of the applicants are from Delhi. The university has over 70,000 seats available for the UG courses. The last date to pay the fee for the first allotment is Thursday.
He also alleged that certain departments in Delhi University had to admit more than the permitted number of students as all had scored 100%. 'If you score the cut-off, you will get admission. That is the DU policy. Students are misusing it,' he said. However, he did not say which department or college he was mentioning despite asking repeatedly.