Student furore against 75% attendance rule for all subjects in JNU

“What kind of attendance they are talking about when we PhD students do not even have classes,” a PhD student said after Jawaharlal Nehru University made 75% attendance compulsory for students of all courses.

Teachers have to mark attendance with the signature of students which then would have to be submitted to the central office of the university.

The directive which becomes effective from this winter session, will apply to all part-time and BA, MA, M.Sc., M. Tech, MPH, PG Diploma and M.Phil. students.

60% attendance would be enough for students who can justify their absence on valid medical grounds, to sit for end semester exams.

A total leave of 30 days in an academic year is allowed officially with permission from the supervisor.

Now, it is mandatory for the MPhil and PhD students to attend at least two contact sessions with the supervisor.

The leave will be a part of their tenure of MPhil or PhD program. According to the circular as published by the institution, it is compulsory for all students to sign the attendance register every day.

ABVP’s JNU Vice President Jatin Goraya resigns over Dalit Atrocities

Jatin Goraya – Vice President of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s Jawaharlal National University unit resigned stating the reason, he was ‘tired’ of ABVP’s attitude on the attacks against Dalits.

He’s fourth such member from the BJP wing to drop his position from the party this year due to various discrepencies. Pradeep Narwal who was the ABVP’s JNU unit joint secretary and two other members had submitted their resignations in February earlier this year, succeeding disputes in the university campus regarding the 9th February incident where ‘anti- national’ slogans were being chanted.

“I resign from the post of vice-president of ABVP, and disassociate myself from the casteist, farcical and patriarchal organisation. The conduct of ABVP has explicitly revealed their manipulative fascist and conservative face,” wrote Jatin Goraya in his resignation letter.

Moreover in his resignation letter he communicated that regressive stands on various issues ranging from the Rohit Vermula case to the JNU incident and the Dalit uprising for social justice and dignity in Una. It is quite predictable to see that the ABVP has been stigmatizing our own institution upon the fake premise of nationalism, anti-nationalism and forcing down their rather ruptured and obnoxious ideology of” nationalism” on  us, wrote Jatin Goraya in his resignation letter.

He further added that the institutionalised murder of Rohit Vermula was being illustrated as a suicide and the people involved were being defended, revealing that social justice was never their forte.

Sources: NDTV

Anmol Ratan to be under judicial custody

A Delhi Court on Thursday sent Anmol Ratan, accused for the rape of a Ph.D student from JNU , for 14-day judicial custody. Ratan was missing from the time the complaint was lodged against him, but was finally capitulated at the Vasant Kunj Police Station on Wednesday evening.

A 28-year old fellow PhD student filed a rape case against Ratan, who was the former AISA president, earlier this week  According to the reports, the girl was looking for a movie called ‘Sairat’. Rattan called her to his hostel room to give her the movie and allegedly raped her there by spiking her drink.

After the complaint All India Student Association acted firmly against the activist and expelled his primary membership, reported The Indian Express.

ANI also reported that in a statement later AISA said, “The fact that a leading activist of ours is accused of sexual violence calls of serious introspection and re-invigorating the process of sensitization against sexual violence within and outside the organization.”

The court has asked jail authorities to provide proper medical facilities to Ratan after he submitted his medical reports regarding heart malady.


JNU Row: Third JNU student Ashutosh Kumar appeared before the investigation team

NEW DELHI: In a recent update to the controversial event at the University campus on February 9 where anti-India slogans were raised, another Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Ashtosh Kumar, who is among one of the five students who have been charged with sedition, was arrested by the Delhi Police on Saturday.

Kumar appeared before the police officials at the R.K. Puram Police Station, where previously Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were also being interrogated. According to the police Ashutosh and others were summoned on the Friday night after a video clip which is showing Kumar and two other shouting the anti-India slogans. Added to this officials also said that, there have been contradictions in the way the accused have described the sequence of events with those of Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.

Although, the other two other students- Rama Naga and Anant Kumar who were seen accompanying Kumar in the video are yet to appear before the investigation team. But the sources have informed that the two has sent a written letter to the officials saying they are not afraid of joining the investigation.

After questioning Kumar today, the investigation team has said that, the police has released the students but will again question the two other of the five prime accused students who are supposedly to appear before the officials on Monday.

Sources: HT

The Hindu


JNU issue: Two students surrender to Delhi police

New Delhi: A lot of news and updates have been popping up over the past few days with regards to the incident at JNU. However according to the latest reports received, two students from JNU Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya have been arrested by the Delhi police. According to media reports, the two students had surrendered to the police on the late hours of Tuesday.

In an effort to avoid the media, the police drove around almost 10 km and later came to the South Campus police station, where the two were held before being produced to the court. The students who were accompanied by their lawyers were taken out of JNU before the arrest was made. The duo was sent in for a medical examination, which was followed by a five hour long interrogation.

As per reports, the two are expected to be produced at the magistrate court today. A look out notice was initially sent out on 20th February in search of Bhattacharya, Khalid and three other students. The duo that had been missing since 12th February have finally come out and surrendered.

As the two students were being taken out by the police in their vehicle, the rest of the students at JNU formed a human chain and stood near the gates. This was done with a purpose to prevent the media from getting to the two students.

Shehla Rashid, who is the Students Union Vice President of JNU, told the media that both Umar and Anirban have faith in the judiciary system.

The students have been charged with sedition, after they organized an event within the campus to mark the hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru. The students were also charged of sloganeering anti-national slogans during the event.

Source: TOI


Budget session begins, PM Modi hopeful of a fruitful session

The Budget session of the Parliament began on Tuesday and is all set for a stormy start as discussions on the JNU case and suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula has been scheduled on 24th, which is the first working day of the Parliament.

President Pranab Mukherjee, while addressing both the houses ahead of the budget session, listed out various achievements of the BJP government and said that the Parliament reflects the supreme will of people and democratic temper calls for debate & discussion and not disruption or obstruction.

Post the two all-party meetings held by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu on Monday, the Opposition accused the government for “setting the agenda for disruption” even before the session began.

PM Modi, while addressing the media in a customary practice ahead of the Parliament session, said that he was hopeful of a ‘fruitful session’ and ‘constructive debates’. Describing the Opposition parties as “friends”, he said that they have been showing positive attitude and the whole country and the world is paying attention to the budget session.

Further, Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of Congress in Lok Sabha said that no contentious bills should be brought to the table and only bills on which there is a general agreement should be allowed. He also stated that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill would not come in the first half of the session and that a view could be taken on the fate of the bill by the second half.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, however, said that the meetings with the Opposition were very positive and that they were in favour of smooth functioning of the Parliament. He also reiterated that the government was open to discussion on any issue, whether it is JNU, Pathankot terror attack, Hyderabad Central University issue or even the Jat reservation stir.

The government has a legislative agenda of 32 items for the session, out of which 11 bills are pending in the upper house and one in Lok Sabha.

Sources: The Hindu, Indianexpress

Ally Shiv Sena Taunts Modi Over ‘Conspiracy’ Remark

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments about a conspiracy being hatched to defame him and destabilize his government in a rally in Odisha, have irked their ally Shiv Sena. The Sena mouthpiece, “Saamna”, wrote scathing remarks questioning the stability of the Modi Government in the wake of the increased terror activities and “anti-national elements” referring to the JNU issue.

Modi, in the rally at Bargarh in Odisha, spoke critically of black marketeers and NGOs as he claimed that they were trying to “defame” him and create political turmoil in the country. Countering this comment the paper asked whether the Government was being able to govern the country well enough and keep it stable. “Saamna” wrote “But, looking at the current turn of events, will the country remain stable? Governments come and go, but let the country remain intact.”

The editorial mouthpiece, although agreed with him about the conspiracy being hatched to defame him, it spoke about the Pathankot attack followed by the continuous stream of terrorist activity from Pakistan and the growing anger among the people against our neighbor. “When the army can fire bullets at the citizens of our county, why cannot they treat people who raise ISIS flags in the Kashmir valley in the same way”, the editorial asked.

It also spoke about the issue of farmers’ suicide in Maharashtra that has spread from Vidarbha to northern Maharashtra and Marathwada region. Referring to the revenue loss because of the Jat agitation in Haryana, the Sena has once again taken on the NDA government for their failure to effectively maintain peace and stability in the country.


Sources: ndtv, indiatoday