The board of management of the Harideo Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication Tuesday appealed to the state government to withdraw the orders stalling admissions for the upcoming academic session. The state government had issued orders last week to stop the admission process over a month after the university had called in applications.
Higher Education Minister Kalicharan Saraf had told The Indian Express on Friday that the cabinet sub committee had recommended the closure of the university and the state government had taken an in-principle decision to shut it down. Hence the admission process was stalled. Saraf had maintained that the university was a ‘waste of resources’ and the students and regularized teachers would be shifted to the journalism department of Rajasthan University.
The Board on Tuesday authorized Vice Chancellor Sunny Sebastian to approach Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Governor Kalyan Singh to explain the status of the ongoing admission process and sought support from the state government for the university’s overall development. It observed that students from across the state have applied to the university so far and stalling the admissions will adversely affect media studies in the state.
Following months of non-cooperation from the university, the Advisory Council of the university last month had passed a resolution seeking the state government’s support in terms of funds and infrastructure. The Council comprising senior journalists Mrinal Pande, P Sainath, Om Thanvi, Kumar Ketkar, had lauded the university and said that it had provided a good opportunity to aspiring journalists in the state, who would no longer have to head out to distant cities. The resolution passed by the Council was handed over to the Governor, who had promised to take up the issue with Raje.
Students from the university protested in front of Higher Education Minister Kalicharan Saraf’s residence on Tuesday and were detained by the local police. The protesting students were released later in the evening.