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JNU protests HIGHLIGHTS: Students clash with police over steep fee hike, meet HRD minister briefly

JNU students Protests Today Highlights: Hundreds of JNU students clashed with police on Monday as they protested against the steep fee hike. Union HRD Minister got stuck at AICTE, the protest site where the 3rd convocation of the varsity was held.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 11, 2019 10:43:09 pm
JNU protests LIVE updates: Police use water cannon to disperse students JNU students clash with cops as they protest over fee hike and other issues. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

JNU students protests Highlights: Protests by JNU students over hostel-fee hike became violent as the protesters clashed with the police and security personnel who were deployed at the AICTE auditorium in Vasant Kunj. The university held its third convocation, with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu as chief guest, at the venue. While the students broke barricades and raised slogans with placards in their hands, calling Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar a “thief”, police used water cannon to disperse the students.

Union Human Resource Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who also attended the convocation along with Naidu, got stuck at the auditorium premises for around three hours. The minister finally left the place around 4.15 pm and had to cancel two events later in the day, due to the situation. However, officials were quoted as saying by PTI that he met JNUSU members at around 2 pm and listened to their demands. He also assured them with a solution.

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) has been on a strike against the Draft Hostel Manual which was approved by the Inter-Hall Administration. They claim that the manual has provisions for the fee hike, curfew timings and dress code restrictions for students. The union added they will not end the strike till the Hostel Manual is withdrawn.

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22:15 (IST)11 Nov 2019

Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu and Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal during JNU convocation in New Delhi on Monday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)
Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu and Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal during JNU convocation in New Delhi on Monday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

21:48 (IST)11 Nov 2019
600 personnel deployed at JNU protest but students not lathicharged: Police

Over 600 security personnel were deployed to handle the protest on Monday by the Jawaharlal Nehru Students' Union (JNUSU) against the varsity administration's recent decisions, but the "students were not lathicharged", officials said. Thousands of JNU students clashed with the police as their protest over a steep fee hike escalated, leaving HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' stranded for over six hours at the venue of the varsity's convocation. The students of the varsity, which has seen several such agitations in the recent years, were protesting outside the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) premises, the venue for the varsity's third convocation, which was addressed by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. Students claimed the police used force against them and several among them sustained injuries. However, a senior police officer, said there were orders from seniors to not use force and the on-ground personnel were not even carrying their weapons. PTI

20:42 (IST)11 Nov 2019
JNU VC M Jagadeesh Kumar's tenure marred with controversies
JNU VC M Jagadeesh Kumar (File)
JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadeesh Kumar (File)

From the infamous sedition row of 2016 and lockdown of his office multiple times, to the Union HRD Minister getting stuck for over six hours at the venue of JNU's convocation on Monday, M Jagadesh Kumar's tenure as the Vice-Chancellor of the university has been marred with controversies. Kumar, who was made the VC in January 2016 and has more than a year of service left, had first brush with controversies as the VC just a week after his appointment when students locked horns with the administration over holding an event against the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. PTI

JNU students protest over steep fee hike.
JNU students protest over steep fee hike outside AICTE auditorium premises. JNUSU has said that they were trying to meet the VC but he was escaping them.
19:26 (IST)11 Nov 2019
JNU Students Union statement

Here is a statement released by the JNUSU:

JNUSU salutes the spirit of thousands of students who are resisting the fee hike and imposition of regressive and patriarchal rules in the name of Hostel Manual.  Amidst this ongoing struggle and crisis in JNU, the administration conducted the annual convocation. The students in the most spirited and democratic way went to the venue to register their demands and protests before the Honourable Vice President of India and the Union Minister for HRD.

Due to the 999% fee hike that is being imposed on us, the University today faces an unprecedented crisis, with an overwhelming number of its students facing a threat to their academic future. For a university where a majority of students come from the most marginalized backgrounds in this country, no wonder that many of the degree receiving students participating in the convocation also joined the protest. However, it is condemnable that the Delhi Police resorted to unprovoked violence on the students, using water canons. Many students have been injured by this action.

It is the strength and unity and purpose of our cause that has forced the MHRD to take note of our demands. We hope that instead of dilly-dallying and protecting the anti-student measures of the JNU administration, better sense will prevail over the MHRD and all these policies rolled back. We seek an immediate resolution on the part of the MHRD and the JNU administration on this matter.

While the MHRD Minister met the Students Union, it is shameful that the VC continued to hide and refused to meet the studens. It has become amply clear that M Jagadesh Kumar is unfit to carry out the functions of a VC. WE ARE FACING AN ACADEMIC EMERGENCY created by this administration and we will continue to protest for our right to education. We reiterate our clear demands:

1. The meeting on hostel rules be reconvened in the presence of student representatives and all regressive parts pertaining to clothing/timings/etc must be revoked.

2. The 999% fee hike from 2740 to 30100 annually must be rolled back immediately.

3. The JNU VC must be removed for his inability to carry out the role of a Vice-Chancellor in any reasonable and democratic manner.

We appeal to all the citizens of this country on who's taxes this university runs. JNU remains a university which is still accessible to the poorest and most marginalized sections in this country and this present move is a brutal attack on not just current students but on all those students from such backgrounds who fight and aspire for higher education. This is why the protest will only intensify if the demands are not dealt with soon.

-JNUSU

19:03 (IST)11 Nov 2019
JNUSU office bearers were not able to meet VC

JNUSU office bearers met Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank after the latter was stuck at the AICTE auditorium in the day, following protests by the university students over fee hike. However, the students were not able to meet JNU VC and raised slogans "we want V-C". "The VC is destroying the varsity. We have made several attempts to meet him in campus, but there has been no fruitful result," said JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh.

18:32 (IST)11 Nov 2019
WATCH | Women police personnel push back JNU girl students during protests

WATCH | Women police personnel push back girl students of JNU during the protest over fee hike.

18:22 (IST)11 Nov 2019
Here is why the JNU students are protesting

The protest is part of the agitation against the hostel manual and several other issues like restrictions by the administration on entry to the Parthasarathy Rocks -- a hillock inside the campus, attempts to lock students' union office, according to the students. The students' union has been on a strike against the draft hostel manual, which was approved by the inter-hall administration. They have said the strike would not end until the hostel manual is withdrawn. Traffic came to a standstill around the area due to the protests.

Explained: What is the JNU fee hike that students are protesting?

18:09 (IST)11 Nov 2019

These are the existing and revised charges in different categories
These are the existing and revised charges in different categories

17:30 (IST)11 Nov 2019
Nishank assured protesting students their problems will be resolved: MHRD

Meanwhile, the official twitter handle of the Ministry of HRD on Monday said that Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank held "positive talks" with the protesting JNU students at the AICTE premises. "The Union Minister has assured the students that their problems will soon be resolved," the tweet said.

16:53 (IST)11 Nov 2019
HRD Minister stuck inside AICTE auditorium for 3 hours

As the protests by JNU students over hostel fee hike intensified Monday, Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal was stuck inside the AICTE auditorium for over three hours, forcing him to cancel two events later in the day. Hundreds of students protested outside the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) auditorium today where Pokhriyal and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu were chief guests at the third convocation ceremony of JNU. The auditorium is around 3 km away from JNU. Read More

16:35 (IST)11 Nov 2019
HRD minister inside AICTE auditorium since morning: Officials

News agency PTI reported that HRD Minister is still stuck at the AICTE auditorium near JNU campus as students protested outside. "HRD minister inside AICTE auditorium since morning as JNU students escalate protests, cancels two scheduled events in ministry," officials were quoted by PTI as saying.

JNU students at the convocation ceremony on Monday. (Express Photo)
JNU students at the convocation ceremony Monday. (Express Photo)
16:24 (IST)11 Nov 2019

Police use water cannons against protesting students
Police use water cannons against protesting students (Express Photo)

15:54 (IST)11 Nov 2019
JNU protests intensify as students clash with police outside campus

Protests organised by JNU students over different issues including fee hike continue outside the university campus.

15:45 (IST)11 Nov 2019
Massive protests at JNU, students clash with cops

The protests in the JNU have taken a dramatic turn as students clash with police on the convocation day of the University. The students are protesting over fee hike and the JNU administration's "anti-student" policy. Additional force has also been deployed at AICTE, the venue of the protests.

15:37 (IST)11 Nov 2019
Vice President Naidu bats for political empowerment of women at JNU convocation

Meanwhile, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu pitched on Monday for political empowerment of women by providing adequate reservation for them in Parliament and state legislatures. At the third convocation ceremony of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), he expressed happiness over the fact that women constitute 51 per cent of the students in the institute because of special admission policy for them, and those hailing from distant places and belonging to marginalized sections. "I would also like to stress on the need for political empowerment of women by providing adequate reservation for them in Parliament and state legislatures," Naidu said. The Vice President asserted that the time has come for India to again emerge as a global hub of learning. PTI

14:25 (IST)11 Nov 2019
Delhi Police used water cannon to disperse the protesters from JNUSU

Delhi Police used water cannon to disperse the protesters from JNUSU.

13:36 (IST)11 Nov 2019
Police taking JNUSU office-bearers to meet V-C

Police are now taking the JNUSU office-bearers to meet V-C. The students had claimed that the V-C  was unwilling to meet them. They wanted to meet V-C to discuss the new hostel manual which included some "anti-student" provisions.

13:33 (IST)11 Nov 2019
Police requests JNU president to talk to students

"JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh and vice president Saket Moon were asked to talk to the students to make way for the HRD minister. Police requested the protesters to move from the gate, but they refused," an officer said.

13:32 (IST)11 Nov 2019
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal not being able to come out of venue

Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal is not being able to come out of the venue and the police are requesting the students to let him go. The police are requesting the students to let him go. (PTI)

13:24 (IST)11 Nov 2019
See photos: Protests by JNU students over hostel-fee hike became violent

Protests by JNU students over hostel-fee hike became violent as the protesters clashed with the police and security personnel who were deployed at the AICTE auditorium. The university is holding its third convocation there. The students broke barricades while the police allegedly put some of them into buses by the police. However, it was unclear whether they were detained. See photos

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Shouting slogans and raising banners, thousands of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students clashed with police on Monday outside the campus as they raised their voices against the administration's "anti-student" policy. The protests started in the morning and escalated as the day progressed with angry crowds of students pushing against police personnel in anti-riot gear. The students wanted to march to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) auditorium, about three kilometres away from the campus in south Delhi, where Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu was addressing the university's convocation. But they were stopped a short distance away.