“This discrimination is a grim reminder of inherent racial prejudices and stereotyping of particular people based on their physical features...which is now being played out in the pretext of health concerns,” the statement issued by NE Students Forum read.
The BMC education department already has a curiosity centre at Vanmala Tank, Mahim, which will be restructured to set up an observatory with a digital binoculars, said BMC education officer Mahesh Palkar.
The elections will be held on February 16 for the posts of general secretary for academic affairs, cultural, sports, technical and hostel affairs. The campus strength of nearly 10,000, including undergraduates and postgraduate students, will cast their vote.
On December 14, Soman had posted a video on Facebook and Twitter, addressing Rahul. In the video, Soman is heard saying: “You truly aren’t Savarkar. The truth is, you aren’t a true Gandhi either. You don’t have any of the values.”
By Monday night, the statement had been endorsed by over 141 faculty members. For the next 10 days, the faculty has also decided to host an open discussion every day from 6 pm to 7 pm to discuss student concerns about recent events.