GUWAHATI: In an event that goes contrary to academic independence and creativity in Universities, the Vice Chancellor of Assam University, Dilip Chandra Nath was seen hoisting the flag of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), student wing of the Sangh Parivar at the institute premises on July 9.
This act has met with severe resentment from all quarters who alleged that the move was nothing short of ‘saffronisation’ of an educational institute. The ABVP was celebrating its 67th foundation day in the University campus and hoisting of the flag by the VC who is generally seen to be a ‘neutral body’ has irked many students and activists of the region.
The raising of a flag belonging to a particular political students’ organisation within the campus could go a long way in bringing about a sense of division in the student community who had earlier rejected the ABVP in college elections across the state.
It may be mentioned that recently, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), student wing of the Sangh Parivar, was “banned” in all educational institutions in the Jammu region even though the BJP shares power with the PDP in the state.
Representatives of other students’ body allege that this is a start for the anti student brigade to try to force into Assam and saffronize the educational institutions, which till date, fought against right wing propagandas.
Questions have arisen on the silence of the ruling government in the State over its failure to take any action in the matter concerning the BJP backed student body. Following the recent much hyped ‘sedition row’ in the JNU campus, fears arise on a possible divide among the student community along political lines and its consequential aftermath.