JNU suspends 8 students for disrupting Academic Council meet

The Jawaharlal University (JNU) on Monday suspended 8 students and withdrew their hostel facilities for allegedly disrupting an Academic Council (AC) meeting.

JNU suspends 8 students for disrupting Academic Council meet

The Jawaharlal University (JNU) on Monday suspended 8 students and withdrew their hostel facilities for allegedly disrupting an Academic Council (AC) meeting.

The university administration has also identified two former students who were allegedly involved in the incident. A group of students were protesting outside the room where the council meeting, chaired by Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar, was being held.


The students allegedly “broke open the latch of the meeting room door”, came inside and “shouted” at the V-C, the university said in a statement.

“Eight students who were identified for their involvement in disruption of the meeting have been suspended and their hostel facilities withdrawn with immediate effect. A proctorial inquiry has also been instituted in the incident,” a JNU official said.

The students, who belong to the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA), the Democratic Students’ Union (DSU), Student Front for Swaraj (SFS) and United OBC Forum, were demanding that the Academic Council reconsider its decision to “adopt” a UGC gazette notification dated May 2016. As per the notification, interviews became the sole criterion for admission to MPhil and PhD programmes.

Sources say that the suspended students were Dawa Sherpa, Rahul Sonpimple, Mulayam Singh, Shakeel, Bhupali Kusum Vitthal, Dilip Yadav, Mritunjaya, and Prashant.

Rahul Sonpimple of BAPSA alleged that the JNU VC suspended the students for protesting against the raising of viva voce marks, fee hikes and minority deprivation points. Sonpimple has also criticised the AISA-SFI led Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) saying, “The JNUSU and the JNU Administration are both condemning our protest as "Undemocratic”. Both the JNUSU and the JNU administration have collectively passed the decision of fee hike and given the fate of students in the hands of the various Centers by letting them decide the student's marks in Viva Voce.”

JNUSU later condemned the university’s move to suspend students saying it will “resist” the suspension orders at all costs.“The JNUSU condemns the suspension orders against the students. If any one needs to be removed from JNU for disrupting processes of university functioning, it is the V-C himself. He has failed to run JNU and is only interested in destroying everything that the university community has achieved through years of struggle. He has become an integral part of the RSS project to dismantle JNU,” the JNUSU said in an official statement.