SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project investigates and reports attacks on higher education with the aim of raising awareness, generating advocacy, and increasing protection for scholars, students, and academic communities. Learn more.

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Date of Incident: June 30, 2023

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):University of Delhi

On June 30, 2023, Indian police reportedly detained the president and secretary of the University of Delhi branch of the All India Student Association (AISA). The detention occurred during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the university during its hundredth ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 28, 2023

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Rajasthan University

On June 28, 2023, student activists from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) and police clashed at Rajasthan University. Police officials detained at least twelve student protestors. The clashes occurred in the context of ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 27, 2023

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On June 27, 2023, Delhi police detained Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists who were staging a protest at the Chief Minister’s residence. According to protesters, the police were deployed to the protest in high numbers and with extra barricades. ABVP ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 16, 2023

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):South Asian University

On June 16, 2023, South Asian University (SAU) suspended four faculty members for supporting ongoing student protests that had begun in Fall 2022 against a reduction in student stipends (see report). The suspension of four faculty members, Snehashish Bhattacharya (Economics), Srinivas ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: June 09, 2023

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit

On June 9, 2023, a clash broke out between police and student members of the Kerala Student Union (KSU) during a protest march to the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit in Kerala. The students were protesting the admission of Vidya Vijayan, ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 26, 2023

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On May 26, 2023, police assaulted and detained students protesting in Jalandhar City for the payment of scholarships. At least nine students were detained. The students, who were from multiple institutions, were demanding the government release the scholarship money and claimed ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: May 14, 2023

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Government Medical College (GMC)

On May 14, 2023, a clash broke out between students at the Government Medical College (GMC) in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) over the film, “The Kerala Story.” Five students were injured in the clash. The fighting broke out with another student ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 04, 2023

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):University of Delhi

On May 4, 2023, a group of Kuki students from Delhi University reported that a group of Meitei students attacked them near the Delhi University campus while they were on their way back home from an event. The Kuki students claimed ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances