Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has adopted the “Government of India Policy on Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) for admission in Central Educational Institutions”.
“The JNU administration had scheduled an emergency meeting of the Academic Council at 3 pm at the Convention Centre on February 12, 2019, to adopt the ‘Government of India Policy on Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) for admission in Central Educational Institutions’,” said JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar.
Calling the meeting ‘Illegal’, the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) and JNU Students’ Union have forcibly stopped the AC members from entering the venue. They were demanding to schedule the meaning for later.
“All entry points to the Convention Centre were blockaded by some teachers and students… JNUTA and JNUSU office-bearers are not full AC members and are only special invitees. Currently, there is no legally notified JNUSU…,” Kumar added.
“The agitators did not pay heed to appeals by AC members to allow them to enter the building… the JNUTA and some students undemocratically prevented them from discharging their responsibilities…,” he added.
JNUTA secretary Avinash Kumar said, “The meeting was recalled only to discuss the adoption of a policy of reservations for EWS, for which the JNU administration has not provided adequate papers. Agenda papers do not share any information about the sources for providing additional funds for the expansion of infrastructure, faculty and staff strength in case a 25 per cent expansion in admissions is implemented.”