Office bearers of the Jawaharlal University Student Union (JNUSU) were allegedly debarred from the upcoming Academic Council meeting which is to be held on July 13 by the JNU administration.
The students said in a press statement that this debarment was not in consonance with the JNU act and is therefore illegal.
“It is mandated in the JNU statutes that the JNUSU office bearers are special invitees to the Academic Council. However, in an utterly bizarre move, the JNU administration has informed the JNUSU that it will be debarred from attending the AC meeting on 13.7.18 due to an on-going enquiry against them for an alleged act of indiscipline in the last AC meeting.” they stated.
The JNUSU deemed the administration’s actions baseless and claims that no enquiry has been instituted regarding the alleged act of indiscipline.
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“I am directed to inform you that the representatives of the students’ union have not been invited to the forthcoming meeting of the AC on July 13 as special invitees, due to a pending proctoral enquiry against them for creating disruptions by marching up to the dais and using abusive language against the vice-chancellor,” said a letter from the registrar.
According to JNUSU, the administration headed by Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, has not allowed any dissenting voices of students and teachers to be registered in the Academic Council meetings.
“The outcome of such ways of conducting a university has been clear. Today, JNU admissions stand stalled, reservations have not been implemented and a complete breakdown of the university’s time-tested procedures has taken place. The honourable Delhi High Court has also intervened in the matter calling for deliberations between all stakeholders of the University”, JNUSU press statement said.
The JNUSU has demanded that the decision to debar its office bearers be taken back immediately, expressed condemnation for this act, and called it an attempt to “subvert any normal democratic functioning” of the University.
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