JNU takes U-turn on new rules warning Rs 20,000 fine for dharnas, Rs 50k for ‘intimidation
New Delhi, March 2: The Jawaharlal Nehru University withdrew the new rules which were introduced on late Thursday evening. The rules which were stipulated where the students can face a fine of Rs 50,000 for physical violence, abuse and holding dharna on campus, with its Vice Chacellor Santishree D Pandit said that she was not aware that such a document was prepared and released.
These new rules came in 10 pages document drew a sharp reaction from students and teachers, who have termed it draconian. Chief Proctor Rajnish Kumar Mishra, on late Thursday evening issued a notification where it said that the document regarding the discipline of JNU students are withdrawn, it cited the administrative reasons.
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The document titled ‘Rules of Discipline and proper conduct of students of JNU’ had laid out punishments for different kinds of acts like protests and forgery, and procedures for proctorial enquiry and recording a statement. The punishment ranged from a fine of Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 or rustication and cancellation of admission.
According to the now-withdrawn rules, a student might face a fine of Rs 50,000 for physical violence, abuse and manhandling towards another student, staff, or faculty members.
“I was not aware of such a circular. I am in Hubli for an international conference. The chief proctor did not consult me before releasing the document. I was not aware that such a document is being drafted. I got to know about it through newspapers. That is why, I have withdrawn it,” JNU Vice-Chancellor Pandit said.
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- With inputs from agencies