Hyderabad: “For the first time in the history of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), students are getting promoted after being detained,” read the Facebook post of MANUU Students’ Union.

According to the union, the university administration had earlier decided to detain 87 students due to lack of attendance. Following this, the Students’ Union had asked the administration to withdraw its decision on January 14. “Many students complained that their medical and extracurricular relaxation was not considered. In past many times, union has brought to notice this issue,” read a note from MANUUSU.

As per varsity rules, every student is expected to have 75 per cent attendance in order to write the semester examinations and be promoted to the next semester. However, the students of the university were on protest on the campus for almost a month against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Keeping this issue in mind, the students had asked the administration to promote students with 50% attendance to the next semester. They added that the students are ready to compensate this attendance in the next sem.

Speaking to NewsMeter, the president of MANUU Students’ Union said, “After a meeting on January 16, the Vice-Chancellor had decided to promote all the detained students in the name of attendance on humanitarian grounds. Further guidelines will be announced after the Academic Council meeting, which is scheduled for January 30. This is the first time in MANUU history that students are getting promoted after detained, and I believe that is an achievement.”

Earlier in December 2019, the VC of MANUU had issued a statement in favour of CAA, saying that CAA and NRC (National Register of Citizens) are not against Muslims. This had irked several students in the university. The university official had further told students “don’t take the law into your hands. All I want is for students to concentrate on their studies and not fringe into politics". The promotion of earlier detained students in the university seems to be a welcome move in order to bring students back into track with their studies, instead of being hostile to them for protesting, which was what was done in the past.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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