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ABVP wants Kalam, Babasaheb in JNU.

THE members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad ( ABVP) at Jawaharlal Nehru University ( JNU) have demanded the naming of three important parts of the varsity in memory of freedom fighters and intellectuals like BR Ambedkar, APJ Abdul Kalam and Birsa Munda, who contributed immensely to the process of social reform in India.

The unit has written a letter to the vice- chancellor of the University on Thursday requesting to rename the central library, convention centre and stadium after BR Ambedkar, APJ Abdul Kalam and Birsa Munda respectively.

" We have requested the vice- chancellor to put forward our demands in the Academic Council and Executive Council meeting. By naming the centres after these personalities, the students will be made aware about their important contribution to the nation," said Saurabh Sharma, joint secretary, JNU students' union and member of ABVP. Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer, who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination against Untouchables ( Dalits).

He also supported and fought for the rights of women and labour.

Students have also asked for the setting up of statues of all these personalities at the gate of each of the three centres.

the three centres.

" The statues of the personalities must be placed at the entrance of the library, convention centre and stadium. This will help students recognise their contribution towards the country. Naming the centres after these personalities will inspire the student community to aspire and work for the welfare of the country and its people," the letter to the vice- chancellor said. Students have also asked for a separate section or a gallery accommodating all the literary works, texts and speeches by Babasaheb.

Kalam, famously called the ' Missile man of India' was a renowned scientist and has been a key force behind the Pokhran II as well as India's Satellite Mission SLV- III. " As the President of India, he was always unorthodox. His books are a source of inspiration for entire nation. He is also a source of inspiration for his opposition to the cultural change imposed by the Britishers," the letter further stated.

Birsa Munda was an Indian tribal ABVP unit of JNU has written to the V- C Students also asked setting up of national

freedom fighter, religious leader and folk hero who belonged to the Munda tribe. He spearheaded an Indian tribal indigenous religious millenarian movement that rose in the tribal belt of modern day Bihar and Jharkhand in the late 19th century, during the British Raj, thereby making him an important figure in the history of the Indian independence movement.

Birsa Munda is one of the most prominent freedom fighters in the freedom struggle.

" Munda was a great tribal leader and naming the stadium after him will help recognise his role and place in the conscience of India," said Sharma.

Meanwhile, following protests by JNU students over denial of fellowships and degree for their alleged involvement in the controversial Afzal Guru event, the varsity administration on Thursday issued orders to the concerned departments to release the same.

The university, however, is yet to announce the punishment to various students in connection with the February 9 event against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti- national slogans were allegedly raised.

Students have asked for the up of statues national leaders

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