Published: 01st August 2019
JNUSU to march for right to affordable and accessible education on August 2
The JNUSU is conducting a march in protest of the administration's anti-student policies and has put forward several demands
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) is organising a march on Friday, August 2 and are calling it the "March to Save JNU!" The JNUSU in a Facebook post on Thursday stated that the march is being organised to resist biometric attendance, for better hostel facilities, better infrastructure and for the right to study and the right to get quality, affordable and accessible education.
The students' union has put forward a list of allegations against the administration, which they said are the main reasons behind this march. "The administration has launched a wholistic attack against students, teachers and the entire institution. We can feel it even more after the BJP government came to power for its second term. The administration has launched an attack on teachers, there's the non-fulfillment of infrastructure facilities — it seems that they are creating a collective will to destroy JNU. Funds are being misused, multiple fee hikes have taken place even after our efforts and protests to curb this anti-student mindset. They have alleged that the students are not working for the spirit of the country, but our institution has been doing that since ages. This march is a call from the students' union in order to resist this model of corporate sellout and to support public education," says N Sai Balaji, JNUSU President.
The allegations put forward by the union are mentioned below:
Stand with JNU 48 teachers who are facing chargesheet for wanting to teach us.
Reject HEFA Loan!
* Resist administration's bid to ensure total surveillance through biometric system. Boycott biometric attendance!
*JNU facing it's most acute infrastructural crisis and administration is not responsive enough
*Acute hostel crisis with many students not even being allotted dormitories
*No transparency in hostel list
*Students to be put up in pathetic condition in the 'alternative' arrangements made at Teflas
*MBA students without being mentioned in prospectus forced to pay a hostel fee of 60,000 rupees per semester
*Students forced to wait before every class to get classrooms allotted
*Classrooms with not even half the capacity
* SL Library is shut for past six months for not having a permanent librarian
*Students made to walk three kilometre to 'alternative' classrooms at Damodar
* 'Swachh' campaign continues. The only Swachhata we need is removal of this Vice-Chancellor