After Hollywood celebrities,it was recently the turn of 189 students of GNLU (Gujarat National Law University) to undertake four hours of community service for organising and attending an unauthorised batch party on Saturday.
In a letter to the students concerned,the director of the institute has asked them to put in four hours of community work beginning Wednesday. The work includes gardening,weeding,watering plants,planting trees,etc.
A total of 250 students had participated in a get-together on Saturday that raised concerns among the college authorities.
The email by GNLU director Bimal N Patel also mentions that some students were very poorly dressed and several faculty and staff members had to rush to the hostel,late in the evening,just to make sure that unwanted event does not take place.
Patel did not answer his phone despite repeated attempts and institute authorities refused to comment on the matter even as students weighed the option of not complying with the punishment claiming it amounted to moral policing.
We have refused to take on this punishment because we feel this moral policing is uncalled for. As future lawyers,we do not want any infringement on our freedom to speech and expression. We were well within the prescribed timings of the hostel and the event had been publicised almost a month in advance. We have been threatened that failure to do community service will result in our losing a goodness mark that is mandatory for an entry to the final exams, said a fourth-year student.
The two fourth-year law students who had organised the party have already got a deduction of three goodness marks from their current semester.
The law university was recently under the scanner for alleged irregularities in the admission procedure.
Following charges of arbitrary admissions to GNLU,a three-member review committee consisting of Justice Anil R Dave from the Supreme Court,N R Madhava Menon,founder-director of National Law School in Bangalore,and Bakul Dholakia,director of Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management,visited the campus on Monday last. They are scheduled to come again this month-end.