The JNU on Wednesday put up a notice board outside the administrative block, reproducing a section of its ‘Academic Rules and Regulations, etc’ statute, underscoring that hunger strikes and dharnas will have to be organised about 20 metres from the administrative and academic buildings.
In recent days, the administrative block has become a bone of contention between the administration and the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU). After installing grills on one of its entrances on Sunday night, the university had on Tuesday put potted plants on the stairs to prevent the JNUSU from holding a protest at the spot.
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Reproducing verbatim a part of the statute titled “Norms Of Functioning For The Components Of The University Community”, the registrar said in the notice, “All forms of coercion such as gheraos, sit-ins or any variation of the same, which disrupts normal academic and administrative functioning of the university, stand prohibited. Legitimate political activity, such as debates at GBMs and UGBMs, issue of pamphlets etc, are excluded from this norm, provided they do not incite or lead to violence, civic hatred or indecent actions, etc.”
“Hunger strikes, dharnas and other peaceful and democratic forms of protest shall be conducted with restraint 20 metres from the Administration & Academic complexes,” the notice further read.
JNUSU president Mohit Pandey said, “A university doesn’t run merely on statutes, it also runs on the culture it develops over the years. Universities are run on different ideas and the V-C is hell bent on destroying the idea of JNU.”
JNU V-C M Jagadesh Kumar said, “This is on the established rule of the university. Repeated notices served on protesters in designated places fell on deaf ears. So the rule of the university has been openly cited.”