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Protests at JNU enter fifth day

14 Feb 2017 | Written by Supriya ; Edited by NewsBytes Desk
JNU protests see no signs of abating

Since February 9, 2017, students at Jawahar Lal University have been protesting the implementation of the University Grants Commission's (UGC) notification of May 2016.

The notification makes significant changes to the admission criterion to PhD and MPhil courses and also impacts number of course seats.

Students are demanding a meeting with Vice-Chancellor but JNU administration has called the protest "unlawful" and "criminal".

In context: JNU protests see no signs of abating

14 Feb 2017Protests at JNU enter fifth day

Students block JNU staff and officials

Agitating JNU students have occupied the administration building and are barring staff and officials from entering it. Students claim administration has cut off Wi-Fi to prevent information from leaking on to social media.
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Why are students protesting?

Crux of the matterWhy are students protesting?

UGC released a notification in May 2016 which made 'viva voce' a key admission criteria for admissions to Phd and MPhil courses.

Policy also restricts the number of PhD students a teacher will be able to mentor which can effectively reduce seats in research courses in the future.

University has released a modified admission process that students are demanding clarity on from the administration.

Statement by JNUSU

"We reiterate that any change in admission policy without due discussions and deliberations in the Academic Council of the university, which is the statutory body for any such decision, will be resisted."

Key reasonsDeadlock between University Admin and students

JNU Students' Union President, Mohit Pandey, claims changes made to admission process violate the JNU Act, 1966.

University officials however dismiss allegations by students and said students are "unruly" and the ongoing protest is "unwarranted and deplorable".

The university has also rubbished claims that the new admission policy will reduce seats in research courses and state on the contrary vacancies will increase.

JNU Vice Chancellor threatens legal action

Statement: "This trespassing is criminal and violation of law of the land. JNU administration will continue to put sense in this small group of unruly students by talking to them. If that fails, the law will take its course."
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26 Feb 2017400 international academicians say JNU's "culture under serious threat"

Over 400 academicians from global varsities, including Harvard, Cambridge and Yale, have written to JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar, urging authorities to "act decisively to protect the future of JNU as an internationally renowned university of academic excellence".

In the open letter, they said the "academic culture and context" that has formed basis of cooperation with international institutions is under serious threat.

09 Mar 2017FIR filed against JNU students for wrongful confinement

An FIR has been registered against 24 JNU students for wrongfully confining VC Jagdesh Kumar to the Rector's office on February 27.

The registrar had filed a complaint in this regard at Vasant Kunj (North) police station. The complaint added that students also misbehaved with the VC.

Additional DCP (South) Chinnmoy Biswal said action would be taken against those found guilty.

17 Mar 2017JNU students protest against UGC rule

Students from JNU gathered in protest of the UGCs new rule that sought to allocate 50% grades to the viva portion of exams for MPhil and PhD candidates, instead of 30% as was originally the case.

Students argued that weightage to viva would complicate matters for students from backward classes.

The UGC denies that any such protest took place.