JNU students’ union not invited to Academic Council meeting

Jawaharlal Nehru University Registrar Pramod Kumar has sent a letter to members of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) saying they have not been invited to the upcoming Academic Council meeting of the university that will be held on Friday.

“I am directed to inform you that the representatives of the students’ union have not been invited to the forthcoming meeting of the Academic Council to be held on July 13 [Friday] as special invitees due to a pending proctorial inquiry,” read the letter addressed to the JNUSU president Geeta Kumari.

The proctorial inquiry is being carried out against the office-bearers of the JNUSU for alleged creating disruptions by marching up to the dais and using abusive language against the Vice-Chancellor.

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The JNUSU said, “The JNU administration continues to display its blatant disregard for conducting the affairs of the university in a democratic manner and in consonance with the JNU Act. It is mandated in the JNU statutes that the JNUSU office-bearers are special invitees to the Academic Council.”

It has claimed that it is for the first time in the history of JNU that the elected representatives of the students are not being called for the Academic Council meeting.

Reacting to the letter, Ms. Kumari questioned why was she being accused of misconduct by a “dishonourable V-C” who “broke” all laws to “defy reservation, and take away scholarships”.

She added that her teachers have been shamed and insulted at the meetings for no reason.

The JNUSU said that it wishes to communicate to the administration that no such inquiry has been instituted or nothing regarding any such inquiry has been intimated to the office-bearers.

It is, therefore, utterly baseless for the administration to keep out the JNUSU, which is a representative body of all JNU students.

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