JNU students continue to occupy the administrative block demanding a meeting with the VC on the amendments in the admission policy even as the administration termed their mode of protest “illegal”.
The students have been agitating against the recent amendments in the admission policy of the university following certain guidelines by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and remained adamant on preventing the officials from entering office until their demands were met.
The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) said the students have been sitting at the administration block since Friday and will only budge from there after the vice-chancellor meets them.
“Top officials of JNU have met agitating students several times to request them to end illegal occupation of admin building but to no avail,” JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar tweeted.
Dean of Students Welfare Rana P Singh and Rector Chintamani Mahapatra met the agitating students and urged them to end the blockade assuring that the VC will meet the students on Monday.
The university Registrar Pramod Kumar complained that the protest has also halted disbursal of salaries of the contractual staff.
“It is sad that I’m unable to sign salary papers for the poor contractual laborers due to illegal occupation of admin building by unruly students,” he tweeted.
JNUSU maintained that they will not leave until their demand is met.
“We have been demanding a rollback of the university’s acceptance of the University Grants Commission’s notification of May 2016, which among other things, stipulates the number of research students a faculty can guide and makes the viva, rather than the written test, the main criterion for intake into the MPhil and PhD programmes,” JNUSU General Secretary Satrupa Chakraborty said.
“Now it has also emerged that the there will be massive seat cuts in Mphil and PhD programmes. We want to raise all these issues with the VC to get an assurance that all these anti-students decisions will not be implemented,” she added.