When the Covid crisis broke in March, most universities sent their students back home out of concern for their safety. As the crisis prolongs itself, it is time for our institutions of higher education to think about the need to bring the most vulnerable students back to campus, which will provide them a far safer and more stable space than their homes can really do.
The COVID-19 lockdown prompted several states to rearrange their academic curriculum and cancel final-year college exams, deciding instead to award degrees to students through internal assessments and other evaluation mechanisms.
The new Central universities were established under the Central Universities Act, 2009 in Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
JNU could have become one of the world’s best universities, but successive governments have failed us, says Aishe Ghosh, President, JNUSU, who is pursuing MPhil in international relations at the university.
"Today, the fees at JNU have been increased; tomorrow, it will happen at other universities, including AMU. This government is constantly attacking the universities," says Huzaifa Aamir Rashadi, Honorary secretary AMU students union, 2018-19
The rise and fall of student rebellion is strongly linked to politics, writes senior journalist Rajat Roy. While the Congress government brutally suppressed the Naxalite movement, students politics in Bengal got a boost during the Left regime only to trickle out