JNU students march to HRD Min against attendance rule
New Delhi: Around 1,000 students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) took part in a march towards the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on Tuesday, demanding the removal of their varsity's Vice-Chancellor.
The students, led by JNU Students' Union (JNUSU), began their march from Mandi House, carrying slogans, banners and placards denouncing Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar for his "autocratic" ways in bringing an attendance rule into force which the students alleged was never passed in the Academic Council meeting.
More than 150 Delhi Police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel were deployed, along with a water cannon truck, at the Shastri Bhavan, which houses several ministries.
"If Mr Jagadeesh Kumar continues to be the V-C of JNU, there will be nothing called the idea of university in JNU, but only the agrahara and gurukul, which is guided according to the Model of Brahmanism.
"We appeal the student community to rise in rage, in large numbers, against the V-C and join the March to MHRD that should compel the Ministry to remove the V-C," said a member of Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Students' Association taking part in the march.
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday extended a ban on the protests by student near the JNU campus.
The court has restrained the students from protesting within 100 meters of administration block of the university until March 9.
On February 15, a group of JNU students violated the court order by allegedly blocking the entry of the administration block, demanding a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor over the issue of compulsory attendance imposed on the University students.
The high court then issued a notice to the University's office bearers on a plea seeking action against certain students who took part in the protests and sought a reply by February 20.
The next date for hearing of the case is March 9.