11 March 2016| 2:45 PM: JNUSU’s protest demo witnessed the presence of independent students and individuals from various political organizations at Ad-block. The protest started with sloganeering that pertained to their demands of unconditional revocation of the suspension of the 8 students, change in composition of High Level Enquiry Committee and removal of JNU Registrar. The students also condemned Registrar’s course of action on the 9 February incident.
JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar addressed the gathering and informed, “The Proctorial Board was dismissed, and to bring an authentic report at the earliest, a High Level Enquiry Committee was set up by the JNU Registrar by selecting three members which are from the same school. We approached the VC to enquire regarding this committee but he was not aware of it at all. The VC does not even know what is happening in the administration building and his signature is being misused.”
He further said, “The enquiry committee calls the eight students and in between the enquiry process announces their academic suspension. This academic suspension is against the university’s rules and guidelines. This committee has been trying to disrupt the functioning of JNUSU as well. The number of members in the current enquiry committee has been increased from three to five which also includes a woman faculty member but lacks inclusivity because of no member from deprived social background. The resolution which was passed by the JNUSU Students Council Meeting regarding HLEC and debarment of eight students will be put forth to the Vice Chancellor today.”
JNUSU General Secretary Rama Naga, spoke next who announced, “Unless a deprived section person gets representation in the HLEC, the head of enquiry committee who is well known for taking positions against the prevailing reservation policy is removed, ‘ex-Registrar’ leaves the office and a fresh and fair enquiry is conducted, we shall not cooperate with HLEC’s decision.”
Before leaving to meet the VC, Kanhaiya spoke to the media and said that while JNUSU does respect the positions of the individual parties, the stands or positions of particular parties are not the positions of JNUSU. He urged the students to comprehend the situation well and maintain unfailing unity at the moment of crisis when not only JNU but India’s democracy seems to be jeopardized.
Lakhyajit Taid is a BA student at CRS and works for The Informer.