NOTWITHSTANDING an appeal by Savitribai Phule Pune University Vice Chancellor Vasudeo Gade telling students to stay away from organising any event that may vitiate the environment of educational institutes, a group of students from three city-based colleges have joined hands to form a forum which will invite JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar to interact with students.
The Students’ Joint Forum has members from Fergusson College, Department of Mass Communication and Journalist Studies and Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
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Of the three, FTII is a central institute not connected to SPPU in any way.
Speaking to mediapersons in the city on Sunday, students alleged that freedom of expression was seeing a clampdown from the present government and that they would invite Kumar to Pune to interact with students.
“Exchange of ideas is soul of a democracy and in Pune we have been organising such interactions regularly. Honouring this spirit, we will continue to organise such events in future and as part of this we will also invite JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar to Pune. We have sent a formal invite to JNUSU and are waiting for a reply. We will also approach PSSU VC Gade to seek his permission for conducting the programme. The date and venue about the event will be announced later,” said Bhushan Raut, who is part of the forum.
The representatives urged students from other colleges and educational institutions to join them to “fight the injustices being done to students’ community and those belonging to disadvantaged groups”.