The JNU Student’s Union called for a university strike on October 5 as a part of protest against the administration for debarring their presence at the academic council meeting; the protest took place outside the academic council meeting.
According to JNUSU it was the meeting, “where the dubious proposal of online entrance examination” was to be imposed. They allegedly stated that “the online entrance examination is a policy intended to destroy, dismantle and shut down JNU. Last year’s admission data with details of reservation are also being withheld by the vice-chancellor”, claiming that he seeks one timetable, one syllabus and one system for JNU. The message circulated by the JNUSU appealing the students to participate in the strike read, “We cannot allow JNU VC to destroy JNU. Let’s stand united and resist the Draconian move.” N Sai Balaji, JNUSU president added that the VC “did not even bother to invite the office bearers” which makes it clear that “the administration plans to push regressive anti-student policies on us.”
The university administration responded to these allegations in a press note by saying that the office bearers of JNUSU are not the members of academic council and remain only special invitees to such meetings.
By Sonali Bangia – DU Times