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 The union added they will not end the strike till the Hostel Manual is withdrawn.