Kanhaiya Kumar on the Meeting of the Academic Council, JNU, May 10, 2016

The Academic Council (AC) meeting of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was held today at 2.30 pm at SSS 1 Committee Room. JNUSU demanded that the first agendum to be discussed in the meeting should be HLEC Report as it is a matter of utmost urgency since students have been on Indefinite Hunger Strike for the last 13 days against the unjust enquiry and punishments stated in this report. The Vice Chancellor (VC) initially did not agree to this demand, but later on after requests by both the teacher and the student representatives he had to concede to our demand and discuss the HLEC report as the first agendum.

Most of the AC members  said that the HLEC Report is a farce and all the punishments meted out are unjustified. However, the VC insisted that this matter could be discussed later.

Members of the AC refused to accept this attempt to postpone the discussion on HLEC any further. The VC in the capacity of the Chairperson of the Council hurriedly adjourned the meeting and ran away from the Committee Room. It is to be noticed that in his very first Academic Council meeting as the VC of the University, he failed even to address, what to speak of resolving any of the concerns of the students’ and teachers’ community.

The members of the AC passed a resolution after the VC left, condemning the adjournment of the meeting and stating that “the whole range of punishments meted out to students is excessive and that the harsher punishments such as rustication, suspension, banishment from campus, and exorbitant fines should be immediately revoked”.

Addressing the student community after the adjournment of the meeting JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar stated, “This is very unprecedented that the JNU VC ran away from the Academic Council. There can be no healthy academic functioning without addressing the concerns of the students. Because of his hasty adjournment of the meeting, none of the other important issues such as OBC reservation, deprivation points, marks of viva voce, hostel crisis, etc. could even be raised.

The VC,instead of addressing these issues, is claims that he was mistreated and manhandled by the students. This is a baseless allegation as the VC has been videographed being escorted by a dozen security guards while students peacefully sang songs and raised slogans. Not a hair on his head has been harmed. In line with the highest traditions of JNU, students were peacefully raising their demands in front of him since he has not spoken to the students publicly even once after joining his office. This is a matter of high insensitivity that even after 13 days of our indefinite Hunger Strike, the VC remains deaf and dumb to our demand to withdraw the biased HLEC Report.”
Kanhaiya Kumar
President Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU)
May 10, 2016