In a surprising new diktat, the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration has issued a circular directing PhD and MPhil scholars to add Hindi titles to their research work along with English ones they usually have. The directive comes on the day of submission on Wednesday throwing many into a tizzy. However, irked by the latest circular, led by the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU), several students wrote the titles in other regional languages, in protest.
The authorities explained the move saying it was aimed at tracking the review of theses and dissertations online.
Responding to the development, JNUSU general secretary Satarupa Chakraborty termed it a “harassment”. Wednesday was the last date for the batches completing their research courses.
Students were severely harassed by being asked to fill in an online form that requires the title of the dissertationhesis in Hindi and is mandatory. On the verge of submission, those who neither speak Hindi nor have learnt to write it had to run from pillar to post to find someone who could write their titles. In a central university where students come from across the country, how can they possibly write their names or dissertation titles in Hindi? More important, why should this be mandatory?Satarupa Chakraborty, JNUSU General Secretary
Several students, who neither speak Hindi, nor write or understand are doing their research at the university.
“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?,” the General Secretary asked.
Will our VC be able to write his name in Hindi or our PM in Tamil or Malayalam? We will not let any one language be imposed on usSatarupa Chakraborty, JNUSU General Secretary
However, the authorities claim that the action has been taken because since last year the students are being given bilingual certificates which contains their details in Hindi and English.
Till last year, students could fill the form in either of the languages.