JNU students demand 25 % grace marks to SC, ST& OBCs

Jawaharlal Nehru University remained closed on Tuesday because of the strike by Jawahar lal Nehru University Students’ Union [JNUSU].

Several students have been observing seven-day hunger strike, lead by  JNUSU President V Lenin Kumar, demanding the administration to look into their demands.

The students are demanding 25 per cent grace marks for SC, ST and OBC students in viva voce. They also demand that the university give five  grace marks to Muslim students.

‘JNU recognises only a handful of Madrasas for admissions. This number is quite large in Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia. There cannot be any logic for recognising lesser Madrasas than other central universities. The administration should increase the number of recognised Madrasas in time for the next year’s admissions,’ said Kumar.

Kumar also said, ‘While the strength of the university has increased after implementation of 27 per cent reservations, concomitant infrastructural expansion has not taken place. A direct fall out of this has been the unfolding of a serious hostel crisis in the university. There is an urgent need to build more hostels for both men and women. The administration should immediately start constructing new hostels. The CAG Performance Audit had pointed out gross irregularities in the use of funds provided for infrastructural expansion for implementing 27 per cent  OBC reservations and seat increase. The embezzlement and illegal diversion of funds is the main reason for non fulfillment of infrastructural expansion.’

As far as transport facility is concerned, Kumar points out that ‘the DTC bus service to the university continues to be poor. To bring that to to the notice of the authorities concerned, JNUSU held a demonstration at Vasant Vihar bus depot. The demmonstrating students demanded that the DTC Metro Feeder Service be provided inside the JNU campus. ‘The JNU Administration must take up this issue,’ said Kumar.

JNUSU also opposed the ‘de-linking’ of five-year BA/MA programme, from 2012. According to JNUSU,  the delinking of the programme goes against the very spirit of the programme, which was aimed not only at language teaching but also at aspects like history, sociology, culture, everyday use of the language, as well as classical literature and components of literary theory.’

Suraj Beri, who is doing MPhil Sociology, said that the students  also want the scholarship be increased to Rs 3,000. At the moment it is Rs 1,500.
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