Satarupa Chakraborty, JNU students' union general secretary said, ''The students were going through their last hour of submission of M.Phil / Ph.D dissertation / thesis today. Students were severely harassed for filing an online tracking form which should contain title of the dissertation in Hindi''. She said that on the verge of submission, those who are not familiar with Hindi, had to run from pillar to post to find someone who could write their dissertation title in Hindi.
She also said "In a central university where students come from all across the country, how they can possibly write their names or dissertation titles in Hindi? And more importantly, why should they write these mandatorily in Hindi? Will our VC be able to write his name in Hindi or our PM in Tamil or Malayalam?,".
Satarupa Chakraborty said many students wrote their dissertation title in their local language script as a mark of protest.
JNU Teachers' Association secretary Pradeep Shinde said "this is a foolish thing to impose at the last moment". "The titles of thesis are tongue-twisting even in English. Where does the administration get such ideas from?" He asked.