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JNU students cry foul over Café Coffee Day outlet in campus

A storm is brewing in a cup of coffee in JNU yet again,and it’s ‘Cafe Coffee Day Express’ in the eye of the storm this time.

A storm is brewing in a cup of coffee in JNU yet again,and it’s ‘Cafe Coffee Day Express’ in the eye of the storm this time.

After successfully resisting the setting up of a 24×7 Nestle outlet in 2004 and replacing it with a 24-hour dhaba,students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have now raised their voices against a Cafe Coffee Day Express outlet that has come up inside the School of Life Sciences.

Calling it a blatant commercialisation of the campus,JNU students’ union president Sandeep Singh said,“The entry of this outlet into the campus is a shameful attempt to tamper with JNU’s socially sensitive shop allotment policy.”

Shops in the JNU campus are not allotted on the basis of a bidding system,but on the basis of a need-based system wherein the need of the campus and the financial situation of the prospective shopkeeper are considered,he added.

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The JNU administration had not consulted any member of the Campus Development Committee (CDC),the body responsible for shop allotment in the university,Singh alleged. The new outlet,unlike a typical JNU dhaba,is inside a building,adding to its exclusivity.

Vivek Kumar,convener of the CDC’s sub-committee on shop allotment,also expressed ignorance on the matter. “Iam not aware of it,”he said.

Dean of Students Welfare V K Jain said the administration had received a complaint on the matter and they were looking into it.

First published on: 09-09-2009 at 04:23:58 am
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