Jamia Millia Islamia has suspended an assistant professor who tweeted that he had passed all his students except 15 “non-Muslim” students for supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The teacher, however, later claimed the tweet was “sarcastic” and “misinterpreted”.
Assistant Professor Abrar Ahmad, who teaches electrical engineering at the university, had tweeted Wednesday morning: “All my students are passed except 15 non-Muslims, who have to reappear #CAA. If you have #CAAprotests, I have 55 students in my favour #CAAsupport. Majority will teach you lesson if protests not ends #riot (sic).”
Dr. Abrar Ahmad, Asstt Professor of @jmiu_official tweeted in public domain as to failing 15 non-muslim students in an exam. This is a serious misconduct inciting communal disharmony under CCS CONDUCT RULES.The university suspends him pending inquiry.@DrRPNishank @HRDMinistry
— Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University) (@jmiu_official) March 25, 2020
After it attracted criticism, Ahmad tweeted, “Regarding a post I wrote about an examination discrimination is parody to explain #CAA and #CAAprotests (and) how government is discriminating a community. There has been no such examination and no such results… It is just to explain an issue…”
At 12.30 am on Thursday, Jamia tweeted from its official handle, tagging the Human Resource Development Minister, saying Ahmad had been suspended pending enquiry. “Dr Abrar Ahmad, Asst Professor. tweeted in public domain as to failing 15 non-Muslim students… This is a serious misconduct inciting communal disharmony under CCS CONDUCT RULES. The university suspends him pending inquiry,” it said.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Ahmad claimed he had been “misinterpreted”. “It was a sarcastic tweet. I wanted to say that the way the government is targeting minorities in the name of CAA — by targeting those protesting against it — is wrong. Just like it would be wrong if I fail the non-Muslim students in my class…if they protest against it,” he claimed.
“In this session, exams have still not taken place. In the previous semester, I taught two M.Tech classes, in which all students have been passed. This was a misunderstanding. Anyway, the university has set up an inquiry, so everything will become clear now,” said Ahmad.
The Jamia unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) hit out at Ahmad for his tweet, saying he had “shamed the pious profession of teaching”.
“A prominent university like Jamia Millia Islamia has no place for a bigoted teacher like Dr Abrar who spews the venom of communalism to poison the minds of students dependent on him for their education,” said ABVP Jamia president Shubham Rai.
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