JNU Students' Union slams administration's decision to shut down dhabasLast updated on Nov 21, 2018, 06:31 pm
The Students' Union of JNU has accused the administration of coming up with a proposal to shut down small dhabas on the campus and replace them with food courts.
The JNUSU accused Vice Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar of privatizing the university spaces and academics.
Notably, the varsity's Executive Council held a meeting on Tuesday where new facilities for the campus were discussed.
Here's what went down.
Food courts will help students in networking, varsity believes
At the meeting, the Council decided to explore the feasibility of food courts at various spots in the campus.
This decision was taken after students raised concerns about food quality, hygiene, and wanted that the campus' ambiance is improved.
The varsity said students will not only have many food choices, but they could also network and interact at these hubs.
Joints which flout rules will face action
The varsity also plans to take action against existing canteens, which aren't following the rules. Those which don't provide hygienic and affordable food would also come under the radar.
The Council also decided to temporarily shut down a reading room in JNU to improve fire safety. Other facilities in the library will not be impacted.
But JNUSU didn't agree with the meeting's conclusions.
JNUSU says values, which university stands for, are being attacked
In a statement, the JNUSU said, "The latest decision to close down existing dhabas and start tendering process for new food courts comes from that very philosophy as this is being done by bypassing already established democratic decision-making process in JNU."
It added the V-C has holistically attacked the ethics of JNU by shutting down a reading room in the library.