KUSU not banned officially, RTI reveals

KUSU not banned officially, RTI reveals

Srinagar: University of Kashmir (KU) has not officially banned its student union (KUSU) on its campus even though it does not allow any student activism unlike other universities in the world.

Officials in the university have revealed that the authorities have not issued any circular or order which bans students union.

In reply to an RTI submitted by J&K RTI Movement under Right to Information Act 2009 seeking a clear photo copy of the official order which bans student union in the university, the authorities said that no circular is available.

The copies of RTI and its reply lie with KNS.

“There is no such record or circular regarding the subject,” said the RTI reply.

Deputy Chief Proctor of the university in reply to the RTI said that no such order (banning of KUSU) has been issued by the chief proctor.

In 2010, when Prof Riyaz Punjabi was vice chancellor of the university, the administration demolished Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) office.

KUSU was formed in 2007 by the students but was subsequently banned by the university authorities in 2010.

However, the students have been protesting for the resumption of students politics on the campus. And KUSU has been working in the campus but its members remain anonymous to avoid reprisals from the university authorities.