My PhD is a Completely Original Work: Umar Khalid Hits Back at JNU VC

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JNU research scholar Umar Khalid

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NEW DELHI: PhD scholar Umar Khalid has hit back at the Vice Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University after his thesis was not accepted by the varsity administration on Monday even after clear instructions from the Delhi High Court.

“Dear VC @mamidala90, My PhD is a completely original work. Unlike you, I haven’t paid fake journals to make up for my academic record. I have honored the tax payers’ money to write on the problems of adivasis in our country. Sir, don’t be so wicked!,” tweeted Umar, one of the students recently punished by a committee of the university for their alleged involvement in a controversial event in 2016 on the third death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

On Monday, the last day for him and other students to submit their PhD thesis, the JNU administration did not accept their theses. Umar went to social media and said: “JNU ADMIN NOT ALLOWING ME, ASWATHI AND ANANT TO SUBMIT OUR PHDs. Despite the clear instructions of the Delhi High Court, the Chief Proctor’s office is refusing to unblock the process required to submit our PhD. They are citing non-compliance to the punishments passed by HLEC as the reason. Today is the last date of submission, and we don’t know whether we will be allowed to submit the thesis on which we have worked for the last 5 years.”

Umar rushed to the Delhi High Court later in the day and got favorable order, yet the JNU administration refused to accept his thesis.

“After the Chief Proctor in the morning refused to sign our clearance form, we moved the High Court again as it was a brazen violation of the High Court’s prior order. The High Court again today reiterated that not taking submission or not allowing registration amounts to “coercive action” which is clearly in violation of the 20th July order. But still, the Chief Proctor in consultation with the VC refused to give clearance when we reached his office in the evening. Doesn’t this amount to Contempt? When asked, the Chief Proctor said, “we will see about contempt, but we can’t give clearance,” he said.

On why the varsity not accepting his thesis even after instruction from the High Court, Umar commented: “Because clearly the possibility of a contempt of court is still a lesser issue for them in comparison to the Contempt that this administration has for us, or for any voice of dissent. Liars have a contempt for truth. Oppressors have contempt for justice. But, despite all their harassment and arrogance and belligerence, even this would be a struggle that we shall fight, we shall win.”

Late in the night, he congratulated Kanhaiya over acceptance of his PhD thesis, and said he would move the court again to press the varsity to accept his thesis.

“Congratulations to Comrade Kanhaiya Kumar for successfully submitting his PhD thesis. Both me and Aswathi haven’t been allowed by JNU admin to submit our thesis yet, despite repeated orders from Delhi HC. We will move court again…” wrote Umar on Facebook.

On February 9, 2016, a poetry event was held at JNU in connection with the third anniversary of Afzal Guru’s hanging for his role in the attack on Parliament on December 13, 2001. At the event, some anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. While the Delhi government probe found the video of the event doctored, the university and Delhi Police went ahead and slapped sedition charges against Umar, then JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and some others and they were sent to jail. Later, the Delhi High Court ordered their release on bail.

Earlier this month, just weeks before the final date of PhD submission, a high-level enquiry committee of JNU recommended punishment for the accused students. While Umar was rusticated, a fine of Rs 10,000 was imposed on Kanhaiya. Kanhaiya moved the High Court and got an order quashing the fine.

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