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: March 01, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):English and Foreign Languages University

On March 1, 2020, police reportedly locked the gates of the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), in Hyderabad, in order to prevent students from participating in an off-campus protest over citizenship-related legislation. EFLU students found police guarding the shuttered gates ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: February 28, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Gurucharan College

On February 28, 2020, police arrested Souradeep Sengupta, a guest lecturer in physics at Gurucharan College in Assam and a PhD candidate, for a Facebook post that criticized the ruling party and India’s prime minister over violence and riots targeting ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: February 22, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jadavpur University

On February 22, 2020, Indian authorities ordered Kamil Siedcynski, a Polish student of comparative literature at Jadavpur University (JU), to leave the country, for allegedly participating in protests against citizenship-related legislation. Siedcynski, who is pursuing a masters degree at JU, had ...

Attack Types: Travel Restrictions

Date of Incident: February 15, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):KLE Institute of Technology

On February 15, 2020 Indian police arrested and charged three students from KLE Institute of Technology with sedition after a video on social media allegedly depicted the students chanting pro-Pakistan slogans. The students were released the following day but were ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution | Loss of Position

Date of Incident: February 14, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Visva Bharati University

On February 14, 2020, Indian authorities issued a “leave notice” to Afsara Anika Meem, a Bangladeshi student of design at Visva Bharati University (VBU), ordering her to leave the country within fifteen days, in apparent retaliation for alleged social media ...

Attack Types: Travel Restrictions

Date of Incident: February 10, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jamia Millia Islamia

On February 10, 2020, police used violent force against Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) students taking part in a protest march against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act. Dozens of protesters were reportedly injured as a result. Since December 2019, students at universities across ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: January 30, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Aligarh Muslim University

On January 30, 2020, police reportedly arrested Kafeel Khan, a doctor and prominent critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, for a speech he gave during a protest at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) over a recently enacted citizenship law. Since December ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: January 30, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jamia Millia Islamia

On January 30, 2020, a civilian open fired on a group of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) students protesting a recently enacted citizenship bill, injuring one student. Since December 2019, students at universities across the country have held protests over what is ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: January 28, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jawaharlal Nehru University

On January 28, 2020, police arrested PhD student Sharjeel Imam on charges related to comments he made during a speech at a campus protest against a citizenship bill that had recently been enacted.

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: January 26, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):University of Hyderabad

On January 26, 2020, police blocked University of Hyderabad (UoH) students from participating in an off-campus protest march on Republic Day, and detained a number of them. India’s Republic Day, which recognizes the anniversary of India’s constitution coming into force, typically ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Other