IIT Bombay issues advisory to students, advices not to participate in anti-national activities
Mumbai : The students, specifically those who are living in the hostel, have been advised to not participate in activities which are considered anti-national or undesirable, a mail sent from Dean's office read. The letter also comes amid a chorus of allegations by activists and opposition parties that the ruling BJP seeks to stifle critics by labelling them "anti-national"; an allegation repeated by senior BJP leader Vijay Goel this month when referring to critics of the citizenship law.
The detailed email mentioned 14 points, including a ban on speeches, plays and drama which disrupts the peace of the hostel environment. Distribution of pamphlets and leaflets have also been banned within the campus.
All 14 points mentioned in the mail are to be strictly followed by the students from January 28, 2020 onwards.
IIT-Bombay students were among hundreds who gathered earlier this month at the city's iconic Gateway of India in a "spontaneous" protest against the brutal mob attack (as well as the controversial citizenship law and the NRC) on their counterparts in Delhi's JNU.
Maharshtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had assured the students, after the JNU incident, that no similar action will be taken against the students in Maharashtra.