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ABVP is an assault on the dignity and academic freedom

Goa: The representation made by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is an assault on the dignity and academic freedom of all teachers, assistant professor at V M Salgaocar College of Law, Shilpa Singh, has told the institute responding to the complaint against her ABVP. She has asked the institute to examine the matter judiciously while taking any action and to restore her dignity as a teacher.“I am surprised to see that an organisation that has no locus standi to dictate teaching standards, deems it fit to sit in judgement upon the ambit of a teacher’s autonomy to frame their own pedagogical framework in a classroom.

ABVP had written to the college on October 9 alleging that Singh was ‘promoting hateful thoughts against a particular religion’ during her online lectures. “I feel the nature of the demands made in the representation from ABVP on the basis of groundless, meritless, general allegations, at the very least, correspond to the criminal offence of criminal intimidation and defamation,” Singh, 31, has told the college, which had given her time till Monday to respond.

ABVP’s representation alludes to supposed instances of ‘hate speech’ during the lectures, but the allegations are not backed with any concrete instance, Singh has said. “As a teacher, I use contemporary and historical examples to highlight and explain political theory. I have been ever ready to clarify any confusion arising in the course of lectures delivered by me. As a matter of practice, I have insisted and encouraged my students to approach me regarding any doubts, queries and clarifications related to my lectures,” Singh has stated.

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