Published: 28th April 2020
JNU VC asks students to share their fitness regime during lockdown, students' union calls it farce
The fitness stories of students and alumni with #FitJNU were featured on the university's new official page
The time away from work and study is when one is prone to lapse into an unhealthy lifestyle. Are your fitness goals still remain only on paper and do you badly need some motivation?
The JNU administration had recently asked its students and alumni to share their fitness stories with them, with the hashtag #FitJNU and stand a chance to get featured on the university's official Facebook page. "Post your fitness story through a small video or a picture with #FitJNU by today evening. We will share the selected stories on Sunday, 26 April," read a post on the university's new Facebook page. It has also featured the fitness goals of an alumna and a student.
"I do gym biking for an hour every evening and this is my happy workout ritual. Stay home, stay healthy," wrote an alumna. While a few have lauded the effort of the administration and the Vice-Chancellor, a few students have raised a few questions.
While the JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh agreed that it is a good thing to stay fit, she said that the Vice-Chancellor is trying to run away from his responsibility and diverting students' attention to things that aren't quite important. "On the day of Janta Curfew, when the VC was busy demonstrating fitness activities, the students did not get food the whole day. He did not do anything and finally, the Rector responded after we kept on pressurising,' she says. "He also did not respond when a student was beaten up by the guard for no reason. He has now come up with an idea of online classes when he doesn't know if students are comfortable. He assumes that every student is living a luxurious life like him. We have seen students living in pathetic situations during the pandemic. There is also no response to us asking the Vice-Chancellor to start a mental health helpline," she says.