JNU students ‘confine’ officials over mandatory attendance issue | Latest News Delhi - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

JNU students ‘confine’ officials over mandatory attendance issue

Hindustan Times | By
Feb 16, 2018 07:37 AM IST

A statement released by the registrar claims that the students had “blocked the way” of two rectors when they had tried to step out for lunch earlier in the day. The students apparently also “chased” rector I back into the building when he tried to leave for a class around 4pm.

New Delhi

New Delhi, India - February 15, 2018: Huge protest going on in JNU and students have surrounded the office block. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times) (To go with Mariyam’s story)
New Delhi, India - February 15, 2018: Huge protest going on in JNU and students have surrounded the office block. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times) (To go with Mariyam’s story)

Jawaharlal Nehru University students, led by the students union members, allegedly “confined” some university officials in the administrative block since 11 am on Thursday.

HT launches Crick-it, a one stop destination to catch Cricket, anytime, anywhere. Explore now!

The JNUSU, however, denied the allegation and claimed that they were only “peacefully waiting” outside the building to have a meeting with the vice chancellor and “raise questions about compulsory attendance policy.”

Till the filing of this report late on Thursday night, the officials were reportedly still “confined” inside the building.

A statement released by the registrar claims that the students had “blocked the way” of two rectors when they had tried to step out for lunch earlier in the day. The students apparently also “chased” rector I back into the building when he tried to leave for a class around 4pm.

“The administration has repeatedly requested the students to let the officials get out. But they have confined them and are not letting them go out. They fear for their safety. The rectors were not allowed to go for lunch. Now rector I is feeling giddy and may require medical attention,” read a statement released by the JNU administration.

“We have not called the police yet. We are still trying to appeal to the students and sort this out amicably,” said Pramod Kumar, the registrar, who also added that top officials including the chief proctor and the first and third rectors were confined in the building. He, however, could not confirm whether the V-C was inside the building or not.

JNU vice chancellor, M Jagadesh Kumar, did not respond to calls or text messages. He, however, tweeted saying that “Despite high court order not to hold any protests near JNU admin building, not only there is a huge gathering since morning, JNUSU led students have even confined the top officials of JNU within admin building since 11 AM... Taking the university to ransom and confining the top officials in admin building since morning is highly condemnable. Let us raise our voice against such unwelcome behaviour.”

The high court had banned protests within 100 metres of the administative building of JNU, after students had confined officials during protests following first year student Najeeb Ahmed’s disappearance.

The JNUSU, however, called the allegations “lies” and released a statement saying that they were “peacefully waiting to meet JNU V-C and raise questions about compulsory attendance.”

“They don’t want any dialogue and are spreading lies. All university officials are freely moving in and out of the administration building,” reads their statement.

However, the president and the joint secretary of the union, both said that the students would “wait” outside the building until the V-C meets them.

“We are just waiting here. (The officials) can have a dialogue and then go. We just want the V-C to clarify their position and rationale behind the attendance policy.

Students had started assembling at “freedom square” outside the administrative block of the university from around 11am on Thursday and had demanded that the V-C meet the students and the office bearers, as part of the ongoing agitations against the new attendance policy on campus. The movement had gained momentum, after a new circular issued on Thursday said that students could claim their scholarships, appear for exams, or register for the new semester, only if they maintain the minimum required attendance.

Unveiling 'Elections 2024: The Big Picture', a fresh segment in HT's talk show 'The Interview with Kumkum Chadha', where leaders across the political spectrum discuss the upcoming general elections. Watch now!
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    author-default-90x90

    Mariyam is a correspondent with the Hindustan Times’ Delhi team. She covers stories related to weather, pollution, and education.

SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On