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JNU suspends 8 students for disrupting Academic Council meeting

Sources said the action was taken on the basis of evidence which “clearly shows” students breaking open locks and entering the venue which is basically “physical violence”.

Written by Aranya Shankar | Updated: December 28, 2016 3:37 am

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Monday “immediately” suspended and withdrew hostel facilities of eight students for “disrupting” an Academic Council (AC) meeting held on Monday. Two former students have also been identified as being involved in the incident, by university officials who had on Monday told the Indian Express that the university would take action against those found involved in the “disruption” before “things go out of hand”.

“Eight current student and two former students have been immediately suspended from academic activities and their hostel facilities have been withdrawn. In the meantime, a proctorial enquiry has been instituted. The action will stand till the enquiry is finished. Proctorial notices have been dispatched for the same,” a senior university official told the Indian Express.

Sources said the action was taken on the basis of evidence which “clearly shows” students breaking open locks and entering the venue which is basically “physical violence”. “This action was taken on the basis of a report of the security department, and on the basis of their admission (in a poster) that they broke open the locks and entered the venue. The VC is duty bound, therefore, to take action,” the official said.

The university in a statement on Monday had said, “A group of unruly students broke open the latch of the meeting room after thumping the door, came inside and began to shout slogans at the Chairperson and the Academic Council members.”

However, it added that “The meeting at this time was already over and necessary decisions had been taken by the Academic Council.” A statement by 20 AC members also said, “After the Vice Chancellor got up to leave the meeting, a group of students entered the hall shouting slogans. This occurred after the Vice Chancellor was already near the exit.”

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Students belonging from the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA), Democratic Students’ Union (DSU), Students’ Front for Swaraj (SFS) and United OBC Forum had on Monday protested at the meeting venue demanding that the AC reconvene its meeting which supposedly “adopted” the UGC gazette notification of May 2016 making interviews the sole criterion of admission. Students alleged this would lead to discrimination, and demanded that the viva-voce marks be reduced instead.

JNU had last suspended three students – Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and Mujeeb Gattoo – for their involvement in the February 9 event on campus where alleged anti-India slogans were raised, and withdrawn hostel facilities of several other students. However, the decision was stayed by the High Court.

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  1. S
    Jan 10, 2017 at 10:35 am
    Time to pressurise ROHIT ACT . nothing changed from rohit vemula suspension. to jnu suspensions . students life holds no value in our universities any more. VCs have no more morale responsibility under boot licking successions. Universities are no circus or jail to run unconsutionally . Every life matters. Rohit should not repeat.
    1. Sandeep Aisa
      Dec 27, 2016 at 2:23 pm
      JNUSU Press Release on Disruption of AC meeting by JNU VC and Suspension of 8 Students-lt;br/gt;After Disrupting the proceedings of AC meeting VC suspends 8 students alleging 'disruption' of AC meeting on them!lt;br/gt;According to news reports coming JNU Admin has suspended 8 students and punished 2 ex-students for 'disrupting' AC (Part B)meeting of 26th December. This version of JNU admin itself contradicts its yesterday's statement, where it itself said that the VC already declared all the agenda ped when a group of Students entered inside the convention centre. If the AC meeting was already over as the University itself has stated, then how can it allege the students of disruption? lt;br/gt;In yesterday's press release, the JNU administration has also used a threatening language for the faculty and AC members because of their opposition against the VC's unilateral way of conducting the AC meeting.lt;br/gt;It is shocking that in the two sittings of AC meeting VC has closed door for marginalised sections, hiked fee without consultation and showed extreme highhandedness to silence voice of all teachers and students. lt;br/gt;JNUSU condemns the suspension order against students. JNUSU will resist at all costs the suspension orders. We want to reiterate that if any one needs to be removed from JNU for disrupting processes of university functioning it is the VC himself. He has failed to run JNU and is only interested in destroying everything that the university community has achieved through years of struggle. He has become an integral part of the RSS project to dismantle JNU. JNUSU will build a robust resistance against this regime. lt;br/gt;JNUSU
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        prof.Kapil Kumar
        Dec 28, 2016 at 5:27 am
        What about action against the teachers who instigated them to come? Why is JNU administration shy about it?
        1. Aniket Prantadarshi
          Dec 29, 2016 at 11:13 am
          It is a pity that a university like JNU has got such an incompetent Vice Chancellor, thanks to the Modi Govt.lt;br/gt;Jagdish Kumar is probably the only VC who ran out of an Academic Council meeting when members asked tough questions which he is duty bound to answer.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; It is pitiable that the VC is trying to turnish the free and fair entrance test in JNU by making viva voce the sole criteria for selection. Let us remind him that he cannot destroy an insution just because he desires favours from the Govt. lt;br/gt;Immediately stop haring students who are making legitimate demands regarding Najeeb and Entrance testlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jagdish Kumar try to be a insution builder and don't degrade yourself to such lows. At least have some sense of dignity