Recently, JNU made it compulsory for the MPhil and PhD students to fill the form both in Hindi and English. Till last year, students have the freedom to fill the form in either language. The students now are accusing the JNU of imposing the Hindi language on them.
Satarupa Chakraborty, JNU students' union (JNUSU) general secretary said, ''The students were going through their last hour of submission of M.Phil/Ph.D dissertation/thesis today. Students were severely harassed for filing an online tracking form which should contain title of the dissertation in Hindi''.
She further said that those who cannot write in Hindi have to run from post to pillar so that they can find someone who could write their dissertation in Hindi.
"In a central university where students come from all across the country, how they can possibly write their names or dissertation titles in Hindi? And more importantly, why should they write these mandatorily in Hindi? Will our VC be able to write his name in Hindi or our PM in Tamil or Malayalam?," she said.
University's reason behind the decision
Since last year, University has been offering the bilingual certificates to the students which contain their details both in Hindi and English, said the university.
"The certificates given to students after they complete their course now carries their details in Hindi and English. That is why we have asked them to fill their details in MPhil and PhD submission form in Hindi and English. This will ensure there are no spelling mistakes," said JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar
He further said that if any student is having the difficulty in writing in Hind then instead of running here and there they should come straight to us.
Protest of the students
Students of the university protested against the decision of the university by writing the titles of their dissertation in their local language.
JNU Teachers' Association secretary Pradeep Shinde said "this is a foolish thing to impose at the last moment".
"The titles of thesis are tongue-twisting even in English. Where does the administration get such ideas from?" Shinde asked.