M Jagadesh Kumar the JNU Vice-chancellor has urged the protesting students on Sunday to return to their classes as exams are approaching
New Delhi: In Delhi, at least 50 students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)were detained and hundreds were stopped by police this afternoon near the campus soon after they began marching towards parliament to demand a “complete rollback” of the recent hostel fee rise.
The JNU students are demanding a complete rollback of the hostel fee rise, thousands of JNU students today started their protest march from the university campus towards the Parliament amid heavy police deployment. Authorities imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 in and outside the university and stopped the march a kilometer away from the university gate after the students crossed three layers of police barricading.
On Monday entry and exit points of three Delhi Metro stations near Parliament have been shut down temporarily due to the ongoing JNU protest, said authorities. “As advised by Delhi Police, trains are not halting at Udyog Bhawan and Patel Chowk. The DMRC said Exit and Entry gates for Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk, and Central Secretariat have been closed temporarily,”.
On the other hand, the Delhi Traffic Police have issued an advisory for commuters, informing about the routes that should be avoided due to the protests. The Delhi Traffic Police said, “Traffic could be adversely affected or stopped on Nelson Mandela Road, Aruna Asaf Ali Road and Gangnath Marg due to student protest.”
M Jagadesh Kumar the JNU Vice-chancellor has urged the protesting students on Sunday to return to their classes as exams are approaching. A video message was released on the varsity’s website, he said he has been getting e-mails from worried parents and students about the situation in the university which is affecting academics.
Vice-chancellor said “If we still continue with the current strike that can cause academic loss, it is going to affect the future of thousands of students. “From tomorrow, a new week will begin and I request the students to come back to the classes and resume your research activities. From December 12, the semester exams will begin and if you do not attend classes, it will affect your future goals,”.
On Sunday, a section of teachers from university also held a press conference and claimed that a handful of students have terrorized other pupils and are not allowing them to attend classes.
“There are 8,000 students in the university and around 6,000 of them want to attend classes. But 200 or so students are not allowing them and have created an atmosphere of terror,” said one of the professors at the press conference
The students of JNU are protesting inside the administration block of the university against the increase in hostel fees. The students were demanding the withdrawal of service charges of Rs 1,700 which were introduced from the next session and the one-time mess security fee, which is refundable, has been increased from Rs 5,500 to Rs 12,000.
On November 13, students painted various messages for the vice-chancellor inside the administration block as they barged inside the building to talk to him about the hostel fee rise. Facing an intense agitation for over two weeks, the JNU administration partially rolled back the hostel fee hike for BPL (below poverty line) students not availing any scholarship, a move that failed to satisfy the protesting students, and so decided to continue with the protest in JNU.