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Ahmedabad: CEPT students wear black bands at convocation to protest CAA

The bands were a mark of opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and of solidarity with students who have been assaulted across the country.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: January 20, 2020 8:32:03 am
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In a symbolic, silent protest against the new citizenship law, scores of students graduating from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, wore black armbands at the university’s 14th convocation ceremony on Saturday.

The bands were a mark of not only registering the students’ opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), but also one of solidarity with students who have been assaulted across the country.

CAA protest, CAA violence, CEPT convocation, CEPT students CAA protest, CEPT students wear black, ahmedabad news, indian express news The bands were a mark of not only registering the students’ opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act, but also one of solidarity with students who have been assaulted across the country. (Express photo/Javed Raja)

One Fahad Zuberi, who received his degree for completing a masters in architecture (M.Arch) on Saturday, said, “Initially we had 10-20 participants, but by the time of the ceremony, 30-40 students had tied the bands of their own volition. We had informed the college administration via email nearly three days ago. The authorities had responded positively keeping in mind our individual rights, while also stating that the convocation is a solemn ceremony. Being a part of the educated society, we are in solidarity with all the students who have been assaulted. We are also opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act because it is discriminatory not only along religious lines, but is bound to affect everyone, even the elite. The act also compromises on the values of secularism.”

CAA protest, CAA violence, CEPT convocation, CEPT students CAA protest, CEPT students wear black, ahmedabad news, indian express news A student collects his degree during the university’s 14th convocation ceremony on Saturday. (Express photo/Javed Raja)

A total of 484 post-doctoral, post-graduate and undergraduate students from the various faculties of CEPT — management, design, technology, planning and architecture — were conferred with their degrees at the convocation ceremony.

Nine-time champion in Billiards and Snooker and Olympic Gold Quest founder (OCQ), Geet Sethi was the chief guest of the event.

The OGQ was founded in 2001 by Sethi and Badminton champion Prakash Padukone, later joined by Chess champion Vishwanathan Anand.

CEPT University President Bimal Patel described Sethi as his “schoolmate”. The architect’s Ahmedabad-based firm, HCP Design is building the Central Vista, including the Parliament and the Rajpath.

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