Ambekarite denied admission at University of Madras

Written by Sabrangindia | Published on: September 5, 2019

Former secretary of the Ambedkar Periyar Circle, ideologically opposed to the RSS-BJP regime has been reportedly denied permission due to “pressure” from the Governor’s office

University Of Madras
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Kripa Mohan alleges he has been targeted because he participated in several protests. A student activist and also a student of the Department of Buddhism of the University of Madras has been declared ineligible for the programme. Kripa Mohan, who graduated from the University’s Department of Journalism and Communication in 2018, applied for a master’s programme in the Department of Philosophy for a course in Buddhism on July 31. According to the Hindu, he said his admission was rejected as he had not produced an eligibility certificate. According to him, the head of his department told him that his admission was rejected due to pressure from the Governor/Chancellor’s office.

Mr. Kripa Mohan was active in student politics and a secretary of the student body of the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle while being a student in the journalism department. “Now I am a member. We organised protests when Tarun Vijay (former Rajya Sabha member) and BJP leader L. Ganesan came to the University. We protested against ban on beef eating and the New Education Policy recently. When I applied for the programme the Buddhism HoD said I need not provide TC as I had graduated from another department in the same University. Just the PG provisional certificate was required.” On August 29, the department head rejected his admission since he had not submitted the eligibility certificate.

Rules not followed

Vice-Chancellor P. Duraisamy said when a student joins another programme in a different department he has to get a letter from the previous department head. “He had completely violated the admission guidelines. Last year and the year before, he created a lot of protests. The candidate had graduated from Anna University in engineering and then done a PG in journalism. He has not met the conditions of the admission guidelines,” he said and added that the letter from the head of journalism department regarding his conduct was factored in. The Chancellor’s office was not involved in the rejection process, he clarified.