Suspended JNU students say students from marginalised community being targeted
The suspended students have refuted all charges saying that the university administration is targeting of students from the "marginalised communities".
The Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) who were suspended tuesday for allegedly being "physically violent", breaking the door and threatening the VC and other members have refuted all charges saying that the university administration is targeting of students from the "marginalised communities".
The university had suspended 15 students belonged to Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students' Association (BAPSA), Democratic Students' Union (DSU), Students' Front for Swaraj (SFS) and United OBC Forum. The students were charged of alleged allegedly disrupting an Academic Council meeting.
The students contested this charge and said they had entered the venue to protest against the adoption of UGC's gazette notification of May that made interviews the sole criterion for admission. NSUI member Sunny Dhiman said no student was abusive or violent towards any AC member.
The students were demanding that the Academic Council reconsider its decision to "adopt" a UGC gazette notification, dated May 2016, whereby interviews became the sole criterion of admissions to MPhil and PhD admissions.
The Academic Council approved a University Grants Commission notification by which an institution can give 100% weightage to viva during admissions while making entrance test for PhD and MPhil as only "qualifying" criterion. Students allege that the move will lead to discrimination.
In protest of the suspension, the students gathered in front of JNU's administrative block and raised slogans outside vice-chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar's office: "Dronacharyas campus chhodo. Bramhanvad ho barbaad (Dronacharyas leave campus. Let Brahmanvad be destroyed)," they chanted.