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‘Marks jihad’: MPs Shashi Tharoor, John Brittas lash out over DU teacher’s comment

A controversial social media publish on the Kerala schooling board by Delhi College professor Rakesh Kumar Pandey Thursday drew criticism from legislators of the southern state.

Congress Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor and CPI(M) Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas have been amongst those that denounced Pandey, who teaches physics at Kirori Mal Faculty. He’s additionally a former president of the RSS-backed Nationwide Democratic Lecturers’ Entrance.


In his publish, Pandey wrote, “A university needed to admit 26 college students in a course having 20 seats solely as a result of all of them had 100 per cent marks from Kerala board. For previous few years, Kerala board is implementing #Marksjihad.”

Brittas raised the difficulty with Schooling Minister Dharmendra Pradhan by way of a letter. “I request your good self to provoke pressing steps for making certain exemplary punishment in opposition to the delinquent professor, each penal and departmental actions,” he wrote.

In a collection of tweets, Tharoor stated using “jihad” as a synonym for any development one doesn’t like is “exceeding all limits”.

“Now a DU instructor has received consideration by absurdly decrying #MarksJihad! I’ve all the time decried the over-reliance on marks as the primary criterion for DU admission, however that is ridiculous. If ‘Jihad’ means a battle (with your self above all), the Kerala college students scoring 100% have struggled in opposition to the chances to get to DU. Interview them first if you want earlier than letting them in, however don’t demonise their marks! This anti-Kerala bias should finish now!” he tweeted.

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