Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Monday set up a four-member committee to “discuss issues related to students and teachers who have been on hunger strike”.
While some students have been sitting on an indefinite hunger strike for the past 12 days, the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) also began its hunger strike Saturday.
They are demanding the revocation of punishments given to students in connection with the February 9 event in campus, where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
“The JNU administration yet again appeals to the students to end their strike and come forward for a discussion of their demands. The Vice-Chancellor has decided to form a team consisting of Rector-1, Rector-II, Dean of Students and Registrar to discuss issues related to students and teachers who have been on hunger strike,” said a statement by the university.
“Students and teachers are urged to end the hunger strike immediately due to worsening weather conditions and deteriorating health of the students. Solutions can be found only through peaceful dialogue and discussion and not through measures that can also have a long-term impact on health and adversely affect academic life on campus,” it added.
Umar, Anirban move high court
Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid, who have been rusticated by the university, have approached the Delhi High Court to challenge the move. The two pleas have been filed through advocates Jawahar Raja and Tridip Pais. They are likely to come up for hearing Tuesday.