Srinagar: Joining the rising number of schoalrs and academicians, a young MBA graduate of Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) in Kashmir has decided not to accept his degree from Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani as a protest against "diminishing freedoms" in the country.
The Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) in Kashmir is holding its very first convocation on Monday October 19.
"Though, for a student, receiving a master's degree is no less than any prestigious award. But on October 19, (the Convocation Day) I, Sameer Gojwari won't accept it," Sameer Gojwari, posted on his facebook page.
"When India's writers are returning literary awards to protest diminishing freedoms and 41 writers across the country have given back most prestigious awards; unofficial reports say that Islamic University of Science & Technology on its 1st Convocation have chaired a Minister from Central Ministry #BJP, most likely Ms Smriti Irani," he said.
The post soon became viral and received comments in favour and opposing his decision.
" It takes a commendable amount of courage to opt out on receiving a degree. And as a form of protest, it's a huge sacrifice. Given, that your decision is personal, but hopes are high that the government wakes up.
"If the future of the nation has no faith in the nation's present, we might as well rewind clocks and live back in the past. Bravo brother! May this cause be justified", Kadamboor Neeraj Raveendran wrote in response to Sameer's post.
Eddy Sam wrote, "He's worthy of a full state honour for the good job against the intolerance in country, despite, being from a not well or seiged so-called state of india."
But there are other who criticised Sameer's decision and termed it a mere publicity stunt.
"Who cares, if you accept or not and now dont come for jobs with that degree", Krishna Mohan wrote.
On his part, Sameer too is surprised by the response, in his own words, his 'simple status' received.
"Quite surprised to witness such a mega publicity on a simple status update. A personal opinion hits national stands in a jiffy... amazed. Don't politicize the status update,The opinion is purely personal and stays one..", he wrote.