Aranya Shankar

Articles By Aranya Shankar

JNU teachers’ body seeks V-C resignation in panel meeting

In their meeting with the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) Thursday, teachers told the committee to recommend the resignation of JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar.

JNU scholar says police officers asked him: Andhe ho toh protest mein aaye kyun?

The National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) and the JNU Visually Challenged Students’ Forum condemned the police action on the visually challenged student Shashi Bhushan Pandey.

JNU protest: 100 students detained; police to file an FIR

Police said 15 students and 30 personnel were injured, adding that two FIRs will be filed against unknown students for taking out the protest march and assaulting policemen.

JNU protests: No crackdown, say police, but students’ injuries say otherwise

Delhi Police claimed that “no force, including lathicharge, was used” to break up a protest by JNU students who marched towards Parliament on the first day of the Winter Session, demanding a rollback of a hike in hostel fees.

Delhi: Statue of Swami Vivekananda at centre of row covered for a year

In January 2018, the then JNU Students' Union president N Sai Balaji filed an RTI, seeking details on the total cost of constructing the statue and the source of funding. The varsity reportedly responded that “no JNU funds are being used”.

Farmer’s son to student who lost father, JNU fee hike has many worried

Around 40% of students admitted to the varsity in 2017 had a parental income of less than Rs 12,000 per month, as per the university’s annual report for the academic year 2017-2018.

Considering action against students for vandalism: JNU

Besides painting on the walls of the administrative block, the students allegedly defaced a platform on which a yet to be unveiled statue of Swami Vivekananda stands.

Revised hostel fee fails to quell protest, JNU says it will benefit poor students

The bulk of changes were reserved for students falling in the “BPL (below poverty line) category” — according to the JNU administration, they will have to pay 50% of the revised room rent, service charges and utility charges.

JNU Executive Council meet shrouded in mystery, confusion

The three representatives, all teachers, in a statement claimed they were asked by security guards to get into a car to be taken to an “undisclosed location”, which they refused to do.

ABVP and Left on same page as JNU fee hike protest cuts across outfit loyalties

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), RSS’s student wing, is opposing the fee hike, although they have criticised JNUSU’s mode of protest.

JNU students protest against fee hike, HRD says will find a way out

During the course of the protest outside the venue, which began shortly before noon, police tried several means to move students away from the gate, including the use of a water cannon which was deployed around 1:30 pm.

Students in Delhi: AIIMS pays less, IIT more, Jamia the same

At JNU, after the revised rates, any student in the second year in a two-seater room would have to pay Rs 26,500 plus mess charges (around Rs 2,500 per month) as well as utility charges for water, electricity and Wi-Fi separately.

JNU: ‘Hike over Rs 2,000, will hit 40% of campus’

The students are demanding the withdrawal of the draft hostel manual, in which service charges of Rs 1,700 were introduced and the one-time mess security fee, which is refundable, has been hiked from Rs 5,500 to Rs 12,000.

St Stephen’s adds gender parity to students’ union

The bill to make the change was first unanimously approved in a meeting of the college union cabinet and the students’ council in the first week of September.

UP: Son watched as man died in police custody, three cops suspended

According to his son, who witnessed the assault, Tomar was kicked, punched, hit with planks of wood, given electric shocks and pierced with a screwdriver repeatedly.

Abhijit Banerjee wins Nobel Prize: Brilliant, say JNU friends, teachers

Sanjay Sharma, professor of history at Ambedkar University Delhi and his friend from JNU, said, “He was interested in cinema and music, very well read in Bangla literature, and also interested in philosophy.”

Pulp Fiction: At DU, a project to preserve literature that once thrived at railway stations

This genre — a large part of which is “detective fiction” — is now being preserved by the Centre for Academic Translation and Archiving (CATA) of the English department at Delhi University.

Despite year-long protest by teachers, DU signs funding MoU

The Indian Express had reported in September last year that the MHRD had written to DU saying its funding would be withheld if it did not sign the agreement, which the DUTA termed “arm-twisting”. The DU Teachers’ Association (DUTA) and individual teacher groups have been protesting since last year.

DU Hindi Dept row: How does a professor become Head of Department?

Heads of Department (HoD) of DU are supposed to be appointed by rotation on the basis of seniority. A single term as Head lasts for three years as per DU ordinances, and a second term is strongly discouraged.

At Delhi University, tussle over new Hindi department head

Two professors, Sheoraj Singh Bechain and K N Tripathi, have staked claim to the post, stating that they are most senior and should, therefore, be made HoD. The university has not taken a final decision yet.