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JNU teachers' union decries exams

Body secretary says environment not conducive for academic activities

New Delhi Published 06.12.19, 06:47 PM
Students take part in a procession to protest the proposed fee hike on the JNU campus in New Delhi on Tuesday

Students take part in a procession to protest the proposed fee hike on the JNU campus in New Delhi on Tuesday (PTI photo)

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration would be reducing their exams to a farce, considering the conditions on the campus are not conducive, the secretary of the varsity teachers’ association has said.

Speaking to The Telegraph online on Friday, Surajit Mazumdar spoke out against the administration for not maintaining the necessary environment in the university and going ahead with conducting the exams, which are set to begin on December 12.


“Exams can only be held when certain conditions for academic activities are maintained. The administration has failed to create such conditions.” Mazumdar said, adding: “It wants a farce to penalise students.”

“We do not want to become a party to this farce.”

The JNU administration has issued four circulars since the varsity lockdown, warning students to respect its exam rules. It also said the exams would not be deferred.

Mazumdar, who teaches economics, railed against the Union human resources ministry for keeping secret the report of a panel set up to resolve the imbroglio.

“They are sitting on the findings without doing anything,” Mazumdar said. The report was submitted by a three-member committee last Monday to the ministry officials.

The report had been referred back to the panel for clarification that human resource development minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal, sought, said the ministry’s higher education secretary. “The minister wanted more details on the fee structures of other universities. Therefore, we sent the report back to the committee. We have asked them to submit the report at the earliest,” secretary R. Subrahmanyam said.

Boycott call

The JNU Students’ Union had on Wednesday announced a boycott of the exams.

“It is to be noted that such an unprecedented step at this time is a result of the attitude of (JNU vice-chancellor) Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, and a ministry that refuses to do anything other than engage in perception optics, distortions and deceit,” the union said in a statement.

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