Debarred Jamia students protest

A group of students from Jamia Milia Islamia, debarred from writing exams on grounds of short attendance, went on hunger strike on Saturday along with their supporters at the University campus.

Last Updated: May 08, 2011, 00:23 AM IST

New Delhi: A group of students from Jamia
Milia Islamia, debarred from writing exams on grounds of short
attendance, went on hunger strike on Saturday along with their
supporters at the University campus.

The 17 students, from the department of Mass
Communication, said they were being denied the 15 percent
relaxation in attendance on medical grounds that is provided
for in the University.

The students said it was discriminatory on the part of
their department to not allow them to appear in the exam even
when students of other departments have availed of the 15 percent relaxation rule on medical grounds.

"Its unfortunate that we have got no response from the
administration do far, and we will continue the hunger strike
until we are heard and get a positive response from the
University," said Nabila Zaidi, one of the agitating students.

The affected students said they were joined by their
friends and supporters taking the number of students on hunger
strike to nearly 50.

A couple of M Phil students of West Asian Studies with
similar grievances have also joined the protest outside the
Vice Chancellor`s office.

"All these students have more than 60 per cent
attendance and valid medical certificates... However, they are
still being denied admit cards," said a student.

The students had earlier moved the High Court but
their petitions were dismissed.

"We are taking legal advice and may even approach a
higher court of justice," she said.

PTI