Students of Jamia Millia Islamia alleged that the university has cancelled the permission for an event to which it had formerly given its assent. The event, “Shrinking Democratic Spaces in Universities” was initially asked to be rescheduled for Thursday but later the permission was cancelled and Jamia told the students that they cannot “invite speakers from outside Jamia”. This is not the first time that such kind of an incident is taking place in the university.
Despite the permission being cancelled, the talk, however, was held on Thursday by the students with speakers from within the college, Indian Express reported. The university, meanwhile, said that there was no reason for them abstain students from holding such events. Jamia public relations officer, Saima Syed said, “There are protocols which students are aware of and need to follow. They could come to the department head or directly go to the Dean Students Welfare office… Jamia as an institution has never been stringent on these matters.”
On September 12, two second year students had submitted a letter to the Proctor, Dean Students Welfare seeking to hold the event at the central canteen. The letter also included the names of the speakers for the event. The university accepted students plea to hold the event on Thursday, “subject to furnishing details of the speaker and the topic”. According to the students, they had furnished all the details of the speaker from JNU, DU and others.