JNU slaps Rs 10K fine each on 4 students for protest at A-block
As Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union office-bearers remained adamant and continued with their protest against compulsory attendence rule despite repeated warnings, the JNU administration on Tuesday imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each to four student representatives for leading the protest at A-block.
An order issued by Chief Proctor Kaushal Kumar warned the “guilty” students to be careful and not to get involved in such incidents in future and gave them 10 days to pay the fine.
“The act on your part is serious in nature, unbecoming of student of JNU and calls for strict disciplinary action against you. In view of this and also keeping your career prospects in mind, the Vice-Chancellor has taken a somewhat lenient view in the matter,” stated the order.
The JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) is spearheading the protest against “Compulsory Attendance” rule, brought in by the JNU administration. At-least two of the JNUSU office-bearers have been found guilty of leading a protest demonstration at administrative block on 4th last month. They had allegedly instigated other students to join them in their unlawful protest.
It must be mentioned that administrative block area is out-of-bounds for holding any form of protest or demonstration but JNUSU has incessantly defied this rule which in clear contravention not only to the JNU rules but also to the High Court ruling regarding the same.
‘Ironically’, the JNUSU protest against the mandatory attendance rule stooped to a ‘new low’ on Sunday when some students went to the extent of writing highly ‘derogatory’ and ‘objectionable’ language against their Vice-Chancellor on paper and pasted it all over the walls at ad-block. The JNU employees were seen struggling while removing these papers from the walls by using water jet.
While the JNUSU pledges to hold protest daily at the administrative block till the time “compulsory” attendance rule is ‘revoked’, the Registrar Pramod Kumar in an appeal to the academic community on Tuesday stated : “Since the vast number of students and research scholars has already lost valuable academic hours due to their activities, the administration appeals to those who are indulge in spreading misinformation and in staging protest through unlawful methods to refrain from such activities.”
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