DELHI UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR CALLS HIGHER NUMBER IN ADMISSIONS OF KERALITE STUDENTS ‘MARKS JIHAD’

A professor from Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College has caught himself up in a stir by stating that the influx of students from Kerala boards is ‘Marks Jihad’. The statement has been made in a social media post in which he says that the higher percentage of marks for students applying from Kerala is an abuse of power. Kumar, who is a part of the National Democratic Teacher’s Front, a teachers union associated with the RSS alleged that Kerala boards were deliberately awarding students with 100% to strengthen the left base in the University.

Akhila Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has been protesting in the admissions office demanding a ‘moderation’ so students from all states can apply, and nobody would be discriminated against. The Student’s Federation of India said that the University is bound to admit those meeting the eligibility. Delhi University has revealed that after the 31,172 students from CBSE who secured admissions, the highest number of those admitted from state boards are from Kerala, 2365 students.

Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor lashed out at the “Marks Jihad” comment by tweeting a news article along with the caption, “The use of “jihad” as a synonym for any trend you don’t like is exceeding all limits: now a DU teacher has got attention by absurdly decrying Marks Jihad! is ridiculous. If “Jihad” means a struggle (with yourself above all), the Kerala students scoring 100% have struggled against the odds to get to DU. Interview them first if you wish before letting them in, but don’t demonize their marks! This anti-Kerala bias must end now!”.

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