What is happening in JNU?Earlier I raised a thread on the agitation by a section of students of JNU against strict enforcement of minimum attendance rule. I thought that the problem was over. But no, I was wrong. Yesterday JNU students "gheraoed" the administration block demanding a meeting with the Vice-chancellor on the issue of compulsory attendance, and stopped Chief Proctor Mr. Kaushal Kumar and Rector-1 Mr. Chintamani Mahapatra from leaving the building. Agitating students led by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU), picketed outside all the gates of the building and confronted and stopped senior university officials who tried to go out. Vice-chancellor Mr. M Jagadesh Kumar was in his office. The students demanded that the administration revoke the compulsory 75% attendance required in an academic year for availing scholarships and fellowships, and convene a meeting of the Academic Council which had been earlier postponed.
It must be noted that the students of Science streams of the university are not taking part in this agitation. More astonishingly, some so-called intellectual teachers of various social science departments are supporting the agitation of the (middle-aged) students.
These students want the continuation of fellowship without attending the minimum number of classes. That means they want to remain busy in bringing 'revolution' in JNU in particular and in the society at large while enjoying the Government grant without attending classes. And the 'revolutionary' teachers are supporting them.
What is happening in JNU?