JNU students' union to hold protest march seeking VC's removal

Feb 13, 2018, 09:08 IST | PTI

JNU Students' Union has announced that it will hold a protest march to the Ministry of Human Resource Development here on Thursday, demanding the removal of the varsity's Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar

JNU Students' Union has announced that it will hold a protest march to the Ministry of Human Resource Development here on Thursday, demanding the removal of the varsity's Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar. Though the students have held various protests and online campaigns using the hashtag "#notourvc" inside the campus, this is the first time a demand for removal of the Vice Chancellor will be raised outside the campus.

"Our principal demand would be the removal of the VC from his office," JNUSU Joint Secretary Shubhanshu Singh told PTI. Ever since the announcement of compulsory attendance, the students have been resorting to various ways of protest against the university establishment. The stand-off between students and the Vice Chancellor escalated on February 8 when the administration made 75 per cent attendance mandatory for availing scholarships and fellowships.

For the last three days, scores of students have been organising strikes, human chains and holding demonstrations near the administration block, breaking the Delhi High Court 100-metre order. Meanwhile, the administration today issued circulars to all members of the Academic Council announcing the decision to postpone council meeting indefinitely initially scheduled for February 23. "Due to unavoidable circumstances, the Academic Council meeting which was to be held on February 23 will be rescheduled," the circular signed by Registrar Pramod Kumar said.

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