Students, teachers boycott classes over fee hike

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Students, teachers boycott classes over fee hike

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

The students and the teachers of the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Monday boycotted classes amid standoff with the administration over the fee hike issue. Meanwhile, the JNU Teachers' Association has also given a call for 'non-cooperation' in academic matters over a range of issues, including that of fee hike and the January 5 violence.

The classes were supposed to begin on Monday but could not start due to the collective boycott. According to Professor Hari Ram Mishra of the School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies, some students attended classes but many of them are still not back in campus. "The classes should commence in a proper way in the next couple of days," he said.

Another professor requesting anonymity, said, "The time-tables have not been prepared due to the ongoing situation. The teachers have been asked by the administration but the JNUTA has given a call for boycott."

Asihe Ghosh, President, JNUSU, said that they had given a call for 'Ensure Registration at Old Rates' and 'Not a Penny More' in which students were asked to pay their academic tuition fees but not the hiked hostel fees.

"On Monday, the Vice Chancellor first blocked the fee payment portal and then blocked the payment of tuition fees. It is clear that the Vice Chancellor was lying through the teeth when he said students want to register but are not being allowed to by protestors. The truth is that it is the administration which does not want students to register and is blocking their registration," Ghosh alleged.

Prashant Kumar, a PhD student at the JNU, said the masters and graduation students have decided to boycott classes.

"The vice-chancellor has written to various centres to frame the time-table but there has been no development. The classes did not start today but might begin in a day or two," Kumar said.

A student from the School of Social Science, who did not wish to be named, said, "We first want the issues to be sorted, only then can we focus on our studies. Just to start a fresh beginning, we cannot forget the past".

The campus saw violence on January 5 when a masked mob attacked students and teachers.Teachers and students have been demanding the sacking of Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar.

In a meeting with Human Resource Development (HRD) officials, the JNUTA told officials that they "do not feel secure" on the campus and the atmosphere there was not conducive for academic activities.

"We do not feel secure on the campus, atmosphere not conducive for academic activities. Students who left campus after violence scared to return, how can we resume teaching?" JNUTA President D K Lobiyal told the ministry officials.

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