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Now university lecturers protest Iraq war

Indo-Asian News Service, PTI  Kolkata, March 28, 2003
First Published: 17:18 IST(28/3/2003) | Last Updated: 17:18 IST(28/3/2003)

Teachers at a leading Indian university have begun boycotting US-sponsored educational programmes as a mark of protest against the war in Iraq.


The Jadavpur University teachers' move follows the US-led conflict that got under way March 20.

Faculty member Ashok Bhattacharya told IANS that they had resolved that no student, teacher or research scholar of the university would participate in any educational seminar or workshop in India sponsored by the U.S. government.

"It is a symbolic protest against a war that is unjust and is causing tremendous suffering to innocent Iraqi people," Bhattacharya said.

He said the protest would continue till the war ends.

"We are often called to seminars and workshops organised by the U.S. government here. It will not be possible for us to attend them till the war is over."

Bhattacharya made it clear that the protest did not include snapping existing research cooperation or educational ties with U.S. institutions and that there was no "embargo" on Jadavpur University teachers or students travelling to the U.S. on education projects.

Jadavpur University, set up in 1955, has tie-ups with Bolzano University of Italy, Britain's Leeds University and Drury University of the U.S. for exchange programmes. The university's research-related links are wider.

The university, with about 10,000 students, has 33 major departments.

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