JNU protests: What is at the core of the ongoing movement? | The Indian Express

In appearance, the ongoing movement may be seen as being a protest against certain punishments. But at the core of this protest, at the essence of it, lies our resolve to protect free speech and our democratic space in this campus. Any acceptance of punishment on our part, even if in a modified form, would be an admission of guilt on our part. It would constitute a betrayal of the four decades of our students movement, that has built this space.

Source: JNU protests: What is at the core of the ongoing movement? | The Indian Express

Pranab urged to intervene in JNU standoff – The Hindu

As the indefinite hunger strike against the high-level inquiry committee report at Jawaharlal Nehru University entered Day 15, various organisations wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking revocation of punishments given to the students in connection with the February 9 event on the campus.

Source: Pranab urged to intervene in JNU standoff – The Hindu

Kanhaiya, others move HC against JNU action – The Hindu

Two days after the Delhi High Court issued a notice to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on the plea of two students rusticated by it, Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and seven others challenged the varsity’s disciplinary action against them in the Court on Thursday.

Source: Kanhaiya, others move HC against JNU action – The Hindu

JNU teachers oppose exam rule – The Hindu

A recent order from the Controller of Examinations of the Jawaharlal Nehru University directs teachers to provide answers to questions to be asked in the entrance examinations to M.A. and M.Phil/PhD courses — before the exams are held. With examinations to the university scheduled to start on May 16, there is widespread apprehension that providing answers before the examinations are held virtually opened the door to possible leakage of question papers along with their answers.

In a university variously regarded as an ideal example of social inclusion to a Left bastion, this order is being resisted as it is seen to be tinkering with an examination process that has withstood the test of time in the manner in which it has been conducted over the years. Emails sent by The Hindu to the Vice-Chancellor, M. Jagadesh Kumar, and the controller of examinations, Professor H. Sharma, went unanswered.

Source: JNU teachers oppose exam rule – The Hindu

JNU seeks answer keys to entrance tests, deans stumped | The Indian Express

In a notice that has stumped the deans of JNU schools, the university administration has asked them to hand over the ‘answer keys’ to questions in entrance exam papers, weeks before the exams are scheduled to be held.
The notice to the deans had stated, “We request you to kindly provide the answer keys of objective question papers as well as descriptive question papers because according to the guidelines, the same is required to be uploaded on the website after the declaration of results”.

“In view of the above, you are requested to provide the answer keys in a sealed envelope, addressed to the COE by name, latest by May 10.” it added.

One of the deans said, “Every answer could have several interpretations, there is no fixed answer for these questions”.

Source: JNU seeks answer keys to entrance tests, deans stumped | The Indian Express

 

Here is the operative part of the notice sent by Controller of Examinations.

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JNU adjourns Council meeting amid high drama over 9 February event – Firstpost

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Tuesday saw high drama at an Academic Council meeting which was adjourned following ruckus caused by heated arguments between teachers, students and administration.

The Academic Council (AC) is the statutory decision making body of the university and this was the first meeting ever since the new Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar took charge in January.

While the university administration alleged that some students “literally pulled his (vc’s) shirt and tried to pin him down” while he was leaving the venue amid ruckus, the students claimed that the VC left following uproar over report of the High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) which investigated the controversial 9 February event.

Meanwhile, a group of 52 teachers who are also members of the AC, passed a resolution demanding that “all unreasonable punishments in connection with the February 9 event be revoked”.

“The meeting was not allowed to proceed by a group of teachers and their student supporters who from the very beginning pressed their demand to discuss an issue that was not part of the agenda. The behaviour of these teachers was unruly as they collectively shouted at the chair and sought to force upon him to begin the meeting with their item as first agenda,” a statement issued by the university said.

“As the situation turned into pandemonium, the VC agreed to discuss their agenda. However, a group of teachers sought to force upon the chairperson to take a decision then and there by announcing revocation of the proctorial orders. As a result, there was no alternative left for him but to adjourn the meeting,” it added.

 

Source: JNU adjourns Council meeting amid high drama over 9 February event – Firstpost

Chaos at JNU meet, Vice-Chancellor walks out | The Asian Age

Jawaharlal Nehru University vice-chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar abruptly adjourned the academic council meeting after varsity teachers demanded that the report of the high-level inquiry committee should be scrapped and proctorial orders on students, allegedly linked to the controversial Feb. 9 event, should be revoked.

The teachers wanted the V-C to address the burning issue promptly, but ensuing chaos in the meeting led to the V-c walking out without conducting the business of the meeting.

JNU students had organised a mass protest outside the venue of the academic council meeting to raise their demands and scrap the controversial report.

Source: Chaos at JNU meet, Vice-Chancellor walks out | The Asian Age

JNU vice-chancellor faces wrath of students and teachers

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on Tuesday faced the wrath of students and a group of teachers for approving action against 21 research scholars over the February 9 Afzal Guru event.

He had to adjourn the academic council meeting for an indefinite period as the students joined by teachers began creating ruckus demanding a discussion on the report of a high-level committee which held students guilty of indiscipline. The trouble began soon after the vice-chancellor reached the venue of the meeting at about 2.30 pm inside the campus.

Security personnel deployed outside the meeting room stopped JNU Students’ Union secretary general and a member of the academic council Rama Naga from entering the room. Rama Naga, who is a member of the academic council, had brought along with him a packet of fruits and a bouquet for the vice-chancellor.

But, the security personnel deployed at the gate of the meeting room refused to allow him to go inside with the packets.

This led to a scuffle between Naga and the security personnel. Shehla Rashid, another member of the council and the vice-president of JNUSU, sustained minor injuries in her leg amid these scuffles. They, however entered the meeting room along with other students.

Before the meeting began, Naga, who has been on an indefinite hunger strike for the last 13 days after being slapped with Rs 20,000 fine, presented his gift to the vice-chancellor.

Source: JNU vice-chancellor faces wrath of students and teachers

Role Of The Vice Chancellor: The Current Situation In JNU By Shakti Kak

The sheer incompetence and narrow mindedness of Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar has been evident too many times in last three months. He has alienated most of the university community. He has been sharing information with the police without discussing the issues with the university community. He is solely responsible for the damage done to the academic community for this semester. He has vitiated the atmosphere in the university by his silence and allowed unwarranted and false propaganda against teachers and students to be spread to the media.The damage to the university can be undone by the academic community insisting on his removal as the vice chancellor of JNU.

Source: Role Of The Vice Chancellor: The Current Situation In JNU By Shakti Kak

Emeritus Professors Of JNU Write To Vice Chancellor Over ‘Clampdown’ On Free Speech

Ten emeritus professors of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Tuesday wrote to Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar saying they were disturbed by the curbs on freedom of speech on the campus.

The letter said the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus had always been a space where free speech was allowed and speakers from outside the university were also invited.

“As emeritus professors we are disturbed by the turn of events at the campus. The university has always been a space where we allowed free discussion of issues raised by students and faculty,” the letter read.

“In the course of such discussion whether in seminars or at other informal gatherings, speakers from both within and from outside the university were invited to participate.”

Source: Emeritus Professors Of JNU Write To Vice Chancellor Over ‘Clampdown’ On Free Speech

Emeritus Professors of JNU write to VC protesting against punishing students | The Indian Express

“As Emeritus Professors of the JNU we are disturbed by the turn of events. The current administration has clamped down on free discussion by imposing severe punishments of fines and rustication on those who organised a meeting on 9th February 2016,” says the letter.

Source: Emeritus Professors of JNU write to VC protesting against punishing students | The Indian Express

Chaos at JNU meeting, Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar alleges he was manhandled

The meeting of JNU’s Academic Council (AC) Tuesday — the first one held after the February 9 incident — was marked by arguments between the administration, teachers and students over the punishment meted out to the students allegedly involved in the incident.

While JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar alleged that some students had tried to “pull his shirt and pin him down”, students and teachers said these were “baseless allegations” and he had left the meeting “abruptly and unreasonably”

After the V-C left, a majority of AC members stated in a resolution, “The overwhelming sense expressed in the academic council meeting was that the whole range of punishments meted out to students is excessive and the harsher punishments… should be immediately revoked.”

“We are distressed by the fact that no deference was shown by the chair to opinions expressed by AC members, and the chair adjourned the meeting abruptly and unreasonably. We resolve that all unreasonable punishments arising from the February 9 incident are revoked. We resolve that the V-C immediately implement this resolution,” it added.

Source: Chaos at JNU meeting, Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar alleges he was manhandled

Walkout VC gets shirty | JNU students dismiss rough-up allegation

New Delhi, May 10: JNU vice-chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar’s today “abruptly” ended an academic council meeting after being forced to allow a discussion on the 13-day-old hunger strike, with the administration accusing students of pulling his shirt as he was walking out.

Students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar has denied the charge.

“When the vice-chancellor proceeded towards his office from the venue, some students attempted to surround him by forming a human chain and prevent him from moving forward,” a statement from university PRO Poonam Kudaisya alleged.

“Some students literally pulled his shirt and tried to pin him down. However, the vice-chancellor, with the help of security staff, managed to reach his office. We appeal to the JNU community to use peaceful means to resolve the issue rather than resorting to violent methods.”

As the meeting began at 2.30pm, students including the eight still on hunger strike chanted slogans outside.

Three of the council’s four student members – Kanhaiya, students’ union vice-president Shehla Rashid and general secretary Rama Naga – insisted the strike be discussed urgently. Several deans and chairpersons of the university’s academic centres backed the students’ stand.

The VC allowed the discussion, which went on for around an hour, but gave no commitments, a dean who was present told The Telegraph. Kumar, he said, then abruptly adjourned the meeting and strode off around 4.15pm.

Shehla followed him out saying: “Sir, you cannot leave. The blood of anyone who may die in the strike is on your hands.”

Escorted by about a dozen guards, Kumar left with chairperson Amita Singh of the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance and the controller of examinations, Colonel Hanuman Sharma. But they walked into a protest by over 200 students outside.

Kumar broke out into a jog, heading for the administrative block 250 metres away, across a garden flanked by students holding hands and shouting: ” Bhagoda VC waapas aao (Absconding VC come back).”

After the VC and the guards reached the administrative block, the students continued sloganeering outside the glass doors, covering them with gamchhas or scarves when the guards began video-recording them from behind the doors.

Kanhaiya denied that Kumar had been manhandled or had his shirt pulled. “The VC has been video-graphed being escorted by a dozen security officers while students were peacefully singing songs and raising slogans,” he said.

“He should be thankful that JNU-ites are democratic people, else they would have pulled his neck.”

The students have been demanding revocation of the punishments awarded to 19 students over a February 9 event commemorating Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on the campus.

Shehla and Rama had initially been stopped from entering today’s meeting as they were carrying fruits they meant to offer the VC on behalf of the strikers.

Shehla cut her foot on a glass shard during a scuffle with security guards. The students were eventually allowed to enter with the fruits, which Rama presented to Kumar.

The dean who spoke to this newspaper said the fourth student member, students’ union joint secretary Saurabh Sharma of the ABVP, “called us teachers Pakistani agents for supporting the strikers”.

Saurabh said: “I told the professors they had supported anti-national activities like ‘Pakistan zindabad‘ slogans.”

 

Source: Walkout VC gets shirty

Turmoil in JNU can lead to more political confrontation | editorials | Hindustan Times

Students at JNU are on an indefinite hunger strike since April 28, joined by teachers, protesting the punishments meted out to the students by a ‘high level enquiry committee’ over their alleged role in the controversial protests on February 9. Meanwhile, there is a nasty confrontation between pro-ABVP students and students and teachers of Left persuasion at Jadavpur University in Kolkata, with the BJP terming the entire university “as a hub of anti-nationals”.

Source: Turmoil in JNU can lead to more political confrontation | editorials | Hindustan Times

JNU forms committee to look into students’ demands – The Hindu

Jawaharlal Nehru University has formed a four-member committee to look into demands of students who are on hunger strike against punishment in connection with the controversial February 9 event.

“The vice-chancellor has decided to form a team consisting of Rector-1, Rector-II, Dean of Students and Registrar to discuss issues related to students and teachers who have been on hunger strike,” the university said in a statement.

Source: JNU forms committee to look into students’ demands – The Hindu

It’s a battle for all of us: Two nights with the JNU hunger strikers at Freedom Square

Harsh Mander writes in The Scroll:

On the wall is a painting of a beaming Rohith Vemula. Below his face is a poignant engraving: 1989-Forever. Under the painting on the floor are sprawled around 20 mattresses, on which groups of students sit in clusters, work on their laptops, or stretch out listlessly. The days are unbearably warm, and at night sleep is difficult because of mosquitoes (also because of the blaring of patriotic and religious songs by a rival bunch of students a few metres away).

This is the site of the hunger-strike by 20 students of the Jawaharlal University in an open veranda next to the stairs leading to the Vice Chancellor’s office. The official name of the building is the Administrative Block. But the students call it Freedom Square, ever since this became the hub of protests in the wake of the criminal and administrative action mounted against a set of students in February. The students, belonging mainly to Left student organisations, are under fire for their participation in a programme to mark the hanging of Afzal Guru, the Kashmiri man charged with abetting the attack on India’s Parliament in 2001.

Source: It’s a battle for all of us: Two nights with the JNU hunger strikers at Freedom Square

JNU inquiry into Feb 9 event: Report ‘cannot identify’ centre, surnames of two students | The Indian Express

The last page of JNU’s High-Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) report — listing the recommendation of punishments to be given to students in connection with the February 9 event on campus — which was hitherto kept private, has now come out in the public domain.

HLEC Chairman Rakesh Bhatnagar had earlier told The Indian Express that the committee had issued call letters to “22 Anjalis” as they were unable to identify which Anjali was the organiser.

Source: JNU inquiry into Feb 9 event: Report ‘cannot identify’ centre, surnames of two students | The Indian Express

Alumni join JNUTA hunger strike – NATIONAL – The Hindu

A diktat by the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s administration asking students not to invite outsiders for protests on the campus has not gone down well with the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA), which has launched a protest against the administration by going on a hunger strike from Saturday.

“The JNUTA had met Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar two days ago with the hope of finding a solution to the ongoing problem. However, to our utter shock, the JNU administration chose to threaten the teachers’ body on the basis of hearsay. The JNUTA has so far not invited any individual or institution to join the hunger strike,” said its secretary, Bikramaitya Choudhary. “However, it would like to reassert that it is the privilege of an elected teachers’ body to call any institution or individual that it finds fit to speak in the university. It is well within its democratic rights,” he added.

In a circular issued on Friday, the JNU administration said: “The JNU Administration has been holding discussions with the JNUTA, JNUSU and the students on hunger strike. It reiterates that the best way to resolve the issues is through dialogue and discussion. It requests all the teachers and students to avoid inviting people from outside the campus for any gathering or activity to press their demands, which could undermine peace and security in the campus.”

Human chain

A group of JNU alumni also joined the protesting students and teachers an observed a hunger strike on Saturday. In the evening, a human chain was formed by students, teachers and alumni in front of the admin block, which has become the hub of all protests in the campus.

Source: Alumni join JNUTA hunger strike – NATIONAL – The Hindu

Alumni, Teachers Show Solidarity as Hunger Strike at JNU Continues | The Wire

On the tenth day of the indefinite hunger strike by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students against the punishments meted out by the High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) report, alumni and teachers joined the students to show solidarity and also protest on the actions of the administration.

Continue reading Alumni, Teachers Show Solidarity as Hunger Strike at JNU Continues | The Wire

Hunger strike drags on at JNU

Calcutta Telegraph reports:

JNU teachers and alumni today joined the students’ 10-day-old hunger strike but there was no response from the university administration.

The students are protesting the authorities’ “harsh” punishment of 19 students in connection with a February 9 campus demonstration against the 2013 hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The JNU teachers’ association began an indefinite relay hunger strike from today while the alumni association joined the fast for a single day. State chapters of the alumni association held protests in eight cities, including Calcutta and Patna.

Source: Hunger strike drags on at JNU