CPI(M) asks Governor to intervene for protecting Himachal Pradesh University autonomy

Shimla: Communist Party of India (Marxist) had sought intervention of Himachal Pradesh University Chancellor Prabha Rau for protecting the autonomy of the institution and asked for taking steps to stop McCarthyism on the campus.

Rakesh Singha, state secretary CPI(M) and others in a memorandum to Governor Rau, who is also the chancellor of the university, have stated that the district police was playing a partisan role by victimizing students belonging to a particular ideology under the pretext of maintaining law and order on the campus.

Ways and means are being found to prevent progressive minded students from representing the students community on the body of Students Central Association, which has always stood to protect the academic and administrative autonomy of the university, the memorandum states, a copy of which was released to the media.

The party has alleged that false and fabricated cases were being registered against potential nominees who belong to a particular school of thought so that they are disqualified to become candidates for the SCA elections as per the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations.

The memo cites a clash among two outfits on campus that took place on July 14th and goes on to allege that the police has acted in a partisan manner by implicating SFI students with non-bailable offences and ABVP with bailable ones.

One student, Surender Kumar was denied an opportunity to appear for a PhD competitive examination at Punjab University by the district police, despite a written order from a judicial magistrate directing the police to ensure the candidates timely presence at the examination centre, the memorandum states.

The party has sought intervention of the chancellor for instituting an enquiry into the lapse for disobeying a court order and depriving a student an opportunity for higher learning. They have asked for refraining the government to frame false cases against SFI students and sought directions for the vice-chancellor to protect autonomy of the university and to implement the Wilson Committee directions for recruiting teaching staff on the basis of merit.

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