Teachers at Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) have accused Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) workers of pressuring faculty members to donate money for the student union’s National Conference, scheduled to be held in Indore this December.
The ABVP’s state wing is organising the conference, which will see more than 8,000 office bearers of the student party participate from across the country. This will be an expensive affair — the conference will need at least Rs 3-5 crore.
The MANIT teachers said AVBP workers are forcing contractual teachers to contribute Rs Rs 1,000 and permanent teachers to contribute Rs 5,000. They also said that the AVBP workers are collecting the “donations” in the name of MANIT dean (faculty welfare) S Rajput.
“We are being asked to contribute money for the conference and they said it is mandatory. How can they ask for contribution for the student wing of RSS?” said a contractual teacher.
“This is really annoying. Not only teachers but some students also informed us that ABVP workers are asking them to help in collection,” said another teacher.
MANIT dean student welfare, S Rajput said, “ABVP office bearers had come to me for the donation and they had also requested that I ask other faculty members to donate, but I refused. This is totally a voluntary thing. If somebody is taking my name, it is wrong.”
This occurrence is not limited to MANIT either — teachers from other institutes have also complained of being forced to pay up for the AVBP conference, but none were willing to be identified.
However, ABVP technical wing state in-charge Ankit Garg refuted the charges.
“To organize the conference is a prestigious thing for us. We need good amount of money to organize the conference but if someone doesn’t want to contribute, nobody will force him/her… We are giving receipts and people are contributing voluntarily,” he said.
“A group of faculty members, who are Leftists and Congress supporters, are making false accusations to create an unnecessary a controversy,” he said.
ABVP state organising secretary Vijay Atwal said, “We are requesting faculty members to contribute but we are not forcing anyone.”