Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students who participate in hunger strikes, dharnas or protests will now face a fine of Rs 20,000.
Students caught engaging in “bullying or insulting behaviour” could be fined Rs 50,000 and could even face reinstatement, the university said in a notice issued on Wednesday.
JNU snatches right to protest
The 10-page ‘JNU Student Rules of Discipline and Proper Conduct’ have set out punishments for different types of acts such as protests and forgery, and procedures for procedural investigation and recording a statement.
Under the new rules, hunger strikes, dharnas, group bargaining and any other form of protest blocking the entrance or exit of any of the academic or administrative complexes or disrupting the movements of any member of the university community can result in a fine of Rs. 20,000.
The rules further said, “Gheraos, laying siege or staging demonstrations around the residence of any member of the university community or any other form of coercion, intimidation or disturbance of right to privacy of the residents of the campus will result in a fine of Rs 20,000, cancellation of admission or withdrawal of degree…expulsion, rustication up to four semesters, one-semester eviction from the hostel, etc.”
“Hunger strikes, dharnas, group bargaining and any other form of protest blocking the entrance or exit of any of the academic and/or administrative complexes or interrupting the movements of any member of the university community may result in a fine up to Rs 20,000,” it adds.
The notification is dated February 2, 2023, and these Rules apply to all students of the University (including part-time students), whether they were admitted before the start of these Rules or after the start of these Rules.
Vikas Patel, JNU Secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (RSS student wing), said: “There is no need for this new authoritarian (‘tuglaki’) code of conduct. The old code of conduct was effective enough,” according to PTI.
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