Days after the administration canceled her MPhil admission, Safoora Zargar, a researcher and activist, has been prohibited from entering the university’s campus by Jamia Millia Islamia. In June 2020, Zargar was released on bail for humanitarian and medical reasons after serving time in prison under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with an alleged conspiracy case involving the Delhi riots.
Following her dismissal from the university on August 19, Zargar and other Jamia students took part in demonstrations calling for her reinstatement and an extension on the due date for her thesis.
“It has been observed that Ms. Safoora Zargar (ex-student) has been involved in organizing agitations, protests, and marches on the campus against the irrelevant and objectionable issues to disturb the peaceful academic environment with few students who are mostly outsiders. She is instigating innocent students of the University and trying to use the University platform for her malafide political agenda along with some other students. Further, she is hampering the normal functioning of the institution. Given above, the Competent Authority, for maintaining a peaceful academic environment across the Campus, has approved the Campus Ban on ex-student Ms. Safoora Zargar with immediate effect,” the order reads.
The university’s sociology department revoked her admittance due to “unsatisfactory” progress on her thesis. In the combined MPhil/Ph.D. program, Zargar enrolled in the sociology department in 2019.
The office of the dean, faculty of social science, stated in a notification dated August 26 that Zargar did not submit her MPhil dissertation within the maximum allowed time of five semesters.
Her dismissal was allegedly based on a recommendation submitted by the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) on July 5th, according to the dean’s office. The Board of Studies for the department gave its approval to the topic on August 22.