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Long thread on Jamia protests: So why is Jamia protesting? I will not attempt a political commentary that mainstream media is already immersed into. A critical question is - why do students spend so much energy to protest on #CABBill2019 that doesnot not impact them in any way?
My last article on #JNUProtests tried to connect dots on the overall lack of accountability of students to their careers,a general mis-direction of energy,absence of realism on current economic issues & the low fee structure that creates absence of urgency for anything productive
Jamia protests provoked me to explore the same for the university, with almost similar results. Probably worse. Let’s see the facts & you can decide.
Basics first. Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has about 18500 students in college level courses. #JamiaMilliaIslamia
Here is the breakup. Notice the 2003 students under PhD. This is almost 50% of the overall PG course strength. This is disproportionally high for any university. This is supported by a teaching faculty of 729.
With a reputation of a premier varsity amongst the minorities, it should attract the best & the brightest I assume. The results however indicate a different story.. 76% pass % amongst men & 62% pass % for women is shocking. See the pass percentage below
This for a “premier” varsity is hardly reputable. I tried to uncover more info on how this looks subject wise. As usual, the rot lies in the humanities & social sciences. See below that the pass % of regular students in humanities is less than 50% in some cases.
So how are our PhD scholars doing ? Protests aside, the results speak louder than words.
Did I get this right ? So with this rate, an average PhD student takes 7.6 years to complete the doctoral research !! With limited experience I have, 7.6 years for a PhD is obscene. More so in a poor country like ours. Are they doing some special research? Let’s explore.
We see a total of 921 publications from the campus in 2017-18. With a faculty count of 729 & 2000 doctoral scholars, this is a 0.33 papers per person for faculty & PhDs combined. How about a national protest for this ?
Brings us to the Income statement of the varsity. Notice the grand & subsidies by the government here. With a total spends of Rs 599 crore, JMI spends Rs 3.23 lac per student annually. Can we afford such a waste of resources ? On a 60 – 72% pass percentage?
This is not all. Here is the data about collaborative research papers published by JMI. I noticed something interesting. Majority of the papers have been published in collaboration with varsities of Saudi Arabia !!
I’m not surprised.In the name of “international” students, #Jamia majorly has 161 students from Afghanistan, 25 from Iran, 10 of Palestine & rest < 5 (except Nepal).Does education mean embracing a global outlook or is about just confining to one school of thought?
Finally, the protest that is making news. With pass % of ~70% & 2000 PhD scholars taking 7.6 yrs for research, I see that there is ample time to protest on “national issues”. Education & outcomes can wait, so can the enlightenment that comes with the right education.
I doubt how many have even read what the #CABBill2019 contains, let alone understand it. If this is being fed in the name of education, I protest !!
Meanwhile, there is a debate on who started the violence in campus & whether the police acted out of their remit in controlling it. I saw an interesting info in the #Jamia report. The campus has 217 CCTV cameras across campus, with locations as below.
The below table indicates that cameras cover everything that there is to monitor at the varsity. So why the fuss about how & who started the violence. Can we stop the politics & have the CCTV footage please ?
The poor defence I heard on violence is that it was caused by “some external elements”. Even #JNU anti India slogans were by “some outside elements”. Why give outside elements a chance to ruin your reputation then ? Try to practice what students usually do - STUDY !!
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