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‘No exams in PhD’: Kanhaiya Kumar responds to fake tweets claiming he ‘failed 11 times’

‘No exams in PhD’: Kanhaiya Kumar responds to fake tweets claiming he ‘failed 11 times’

A message forward that is doing the rounds on the Internet, especially Twitter and WhatsApp, claims that Kanhaiya Kumar, former president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union and a PhD student, has failed 11 times because “sources claimed that his masters want him to stay in JNU till 2019 elections“. Socialite and businessman Suhel Seth was one among those slamming Kumar for wasting taxpayers’ money that goes into funding his education. “Someone told me that @kanhaiyajnusu has failed for the 11th time in JNU. Does that make him a worthy applicant to the @INCIndia party? And why the hell are we taxpayers funding this loser’s education or the lack of it?” he had tweeted. A common message that was, meanwhile, copy pasted by many on the micro-blogging site, as they contributed to ‘calling out’ Kumar was: “Kanhaiya Kumar has failed yet again, this is 11th time. Congratulations communists. Sources claimed that his masters want him to stay in JNU till 2019 elections.”

All this, until Kumar took to Twitter to state the obvious — that there are no exams to fail in, in a PhD course. Talking to indianexpress.com, Kumar said that it is very “unfortunate” that “they are now spreading fake news about studies.” ‘I think through this, they are trying to criminalise studies and education as a whole. They are trying to stigmatise the aspiration of those who want to avail education,” he said. He said, he is in his seventh and final year of the integrated MPhil-PhD programme that he had enrolled in 2011. His thesis, which is in its final stage, is on ‘social transformation in South Africa’ and will be submitted by July 21, 2018. “I would have submitted by thesis last year itself, but I was not given the visa to do the field trip (to South Africa) required to complete my thesis. So now, I will be submitting my work without doing the field trip,” he added.

He also tweeted to clarify that “to the disappointment of many, I have never failed any exam ever.”

Seth, realising that what ‘someone told him’ about Kumar was fake, posted a correction message. But then again, he seemed disappointed that as Kumar submits his thesis, there would be a “Dr Kanhaiya amidst us.”

This is his tweet.

“Also, I am not forty-years-old, like they claim,” he said, during the telephonic interview, giggling as he said, at the lack of sensibility that prevailed in these ‘viral’ messages.




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