The pupil authorities acknowledged that with the resignations “not solely have we misplaced mental giants and erudite lecturers whose scholarship we worth deeply, but additionally our belief and religion on this administration to guard the scholars inside this college from exterior political pressures, particularly the vice-chancellor (Professor Malabika Sarkar), the chancellor (Professor Rudrangshu Mukherjee), and the founders of this college”.
The pupil physique has demanded that the founders publicly acknowledge Mehta’s assertion that he felt he was a “political liability” and guarantee the Ashokan group that Mehta might be given a public and unconditional supply letter of reinstatement. It additionally needs an open assembly between the founders and the coed authorities on the problem in addition to the divesting of administrative powers and roles from the founders to the elected representatives of college, college students and administration.
The college students stated that they deliberate to be on protest till all these calls for had been met. The assertion stated that if these calls for weren’t met by Tuesday, the scholars would start a separate motion demanding the resignation of the vice-chancellor.
The assertion additionally acknowledged “the socio-economic capital required to make these demands and protest for these changes given the larger political context of the country”. It alleged a ” state crackdown on lecturers and activists” and asserted that issues had solely worsened through the pandemic.
The pupil authorities stated it was in solidarity with all lecturers and activists who had resisted the state’s brutality and with actions supporting focused teams subjected to imprisonment and torture, together with the Bhima Koregaon episodes, peaceable anti-CAA protestors and most just lately, the circumstances in opposition to Nodeep Kaur and Shiv Kumar.
The pupil authorities promised to proceed the wrestle “for a more just and equal institution and for true academic freedom at Ashoka and beyond”.