Published: 31st October 2019
JNUSU issues notice to VC for 'anti-student' activities, gives him deadline to respond
In the notice against the VC, the JNUSU accuses him of violating the High Court order and the 'undemocratic and illegal passage of the Draft Hostel Manual'
A day after JNU Students Union released a 'notice' against Dean of Students accusing him of indulging in 'anti-student' activities, the JNUSU has now 'issued a notice' to the VC himself. The two notices are pretty identical in their content except for a few changes which include a direction to the VC to respond to the notice within November 4. They also signed off the letter with the words 'Competent Authority'.
The students, especially from the JNUSU, have a stack of notices that they receive almost on an everyday basis. They are regularly served the notices calling them for enquiries or warning them about causing trouble on campus. This time, the JNUSU, has used the exact same tone and words of all the notices they've been receiving and in a strange and ironic turn of affairs decided to issue members of the administration themselves these notices.
In the notice against the VC, the JNUSU accuses him of violating the High Court order and the 'undemocratic and illegal passage of the Draft Hostel Manual'. "These acts constitute a serious breach of the democratic ethos of the University and constitute moral turpitude which is in violation of the JNU Acr and statues of the University," the notice read.
Various departments have come shown their solidarity with JNUSU
The students have regularly complained about not being able to speak to the VC despite requesting appointments with him and sending emails. The students have in the past protested several times outside his office and also his home, demanding that he meet them. However, since that has not been possible over the last few years, the JNUSU decided to include that in this notice too. "In addition to these, you have not replied to multiple attempts at communication from this office in this matter. This is an act of indiscipline and misconduct," the JNUSU wrote in the notice.
The Union has also given their VC a date and time to respond to the notice, "For due process of natural justice, your reply should reach the competent authority latest by November 4 by 12 pm. Failing which it will be presumed that you have nothing to say in your defense and the competent authority will be free to take appropriate action against you."
The 'Office of the Common Students' also issued a notice to the group of 'competent authorities' who have tried to demolish the spirit of the university. "They have disrupted the autonomy and created hindrance in freedom of expression and movement by imposing heavy fines and introducing an anti-student draft of hostel manual," the notice said. They ho on to say that the "competent authorities' are being strongly advised to adhere to the democratic spirit of JNU and the Constitution of India.
The students are on their third day of protests against various issues including the new draft of hostel rules, fee hikes, shutting down off democratic spaces on campus.