New Delhi: A group of academicians and vice-chancellors have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing concern over the "prevailing atmosphere" in educational institutions, stating that 'a disruptive far-left agenda is being pursued in the name of student politics.'

Prof RP Tiwari, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar (Madhya Pradesh), Prof HCS Rathore, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of South Bihar, Dr KK Aggrawal, chairman, NBA and former vice-chancellor of GGS Indraprastha University and many others on Sunday (January 12) confirmed to a media agency that they have signed the letter addressed to the Prime Minister.

"The recent turn of events on the campuses from JNU to Jamia, from AMU to Jadavpur alarms us to the deteriorating academic environment due to the shenanigans of a small coterie of left-wing activists," the academicians have said in the letter, according to an ANI report.

They have stated in the letter that the recent agitations have led to the disruption of academic activities and day to day functioning of these institutions and university campuses are being turned into "islands of ossified worldviews."

"This has led to the disruption of academic activities and day to day functioning of these institutions. The attempt to radicalise the students at a young age is stifling free-thinking and creativity. It is turning them into political activists than learners exploring the new boundaries of knowledge. The puritan moral certainty in the name of ideology is leading to the cultivation of intolerance against pluralism and individual liberty," reads the letter.

"From the high seat of debate and discussion, university campuses are being turned into islands of ossified worldviews," adds the letter, which carries the name of over 200 academicians.

"It has become difficult to organise public talks or to speak independently due to the censorship imposed by left-wing politics. Strikes, dharnas and shutdowns over maximalist demands are common in left strongholds. Personal targeting, public slandering and harassment for not conforming to the left ideology is on the increase," says the letter.