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

The JNU V-C, however, said at the meeting, “a group of teachers and their student supporters” were pressing their demand to “discuss an issue that was not part of the agenda”.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Published:May 11, 2016 4:21 am
Chaos at JNU meeting, Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar alleges he was manhandled 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”.

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.”

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“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.

The JNU V-C, however, said at the meeting, “a group of teachers and their student supporters” were pressing their demand to “discuss an issue that was not part of the agenda”. “The behaviour of these teachers was unruly… there was no alternative left for the Vice-Chancellor but to adjourn the meeting,” the university said in a statement.

“When the Vice-Chancellor proceeded towards his office from the venue, some students attempted to surround him by forming a human chain. Some students literally pulled his shirt and tried to pin him down. We appeal to the JNU community to use peaceful means to resolve the issue… ,” it added.

However, JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was present at the meeting, said the V-C had not been manhandled, “… The V-C has been videographed being escorted by a dozen security guards, while students peacefully sang songs and raised slogans,” he said.

The confrontation between the JNU V-C, and the students and teachers, began when Kumar said he wanted to start the meeting with an item which was on the agenda. But student union representatives and some teachers demanded that the punishment awarded to students, on the basis of a report by a High-Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC), be discussed first.

JNUSU secretary Rama Naga, one of the students on hunger strike, presented some fruits and flowers to Kumar. “We have been on an hunger strike for 13 days but the V-C did not come to meet us even once. We may not be able to eat, but at least you can eat this,” he said.

Professor Jayati Ghosh, who was present at the meeting, said, “The V-C kept saying the AC should trust the newly-formed committee, to which someone said the administration was no longer in a position to command trust. He then said the meeting was adjourned and left.”

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    Aditya
    May 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm
    It is time to sell this university to a private operator or close it down. It serves no purpose in education and has become just a political insution. And as political insutions they can be self supporting , not wasting public's taxes.
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      IML sood
      May 11, 2016 at 9:09 pm
      Not one but many many have written here and at other coloumns,till these anti national who have been filled up here by the Cong. with the support of CPM,CPI ,are removed rather weeded out these universities could not work properly.These misguided students are being instigated continuously and how peace and calm prevail.
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        Babu Gupta
        May 11, 2016 at 11:50 pm
        These anti nationals, traitors and hooligans of likes of Kanaihiya Kumar should be exterminated from JNU. They cost 3 lakhs a year for the poor Indian public.
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          Dinesh Singh
          May 11, 2016 at 6:50 pm
          Problem is when non-academia becomes the boss of academic insutions. This all is so avoidable but for some disgruntled ill informed personalities in the govt. They are ruining one of India's top insuitons
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            rameshnk
            May 11, 2016 at 4:21 am
            JNU should be closed down for the time being and the students/faculty should be asked to vacate the campus. A thorough appraisal of the functioning should be done. Something is seriously rotting in the University. Tax payers cannot have this kind of University y in the national capital which is in the news for the wrong reasons. Taxpayers do not want their hard earned money and taxes to be misused by such rotten elements among the students and the faculty.
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              jagar
              May 13, 2016 at 8:42 am
              Ask Irani why her deptt. finds it number one in the country.Either she is wrong or you are a moron.
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                jagar
                May 13, 2016 at 8:39 am
                If that was so,JNU will not be number one,as essed by HRD of Irani.
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                  jagar
                  May 13, 2016 at 8:38 am
                  We have to have saffron mukat bharat first.These agents of the British must be removed.
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