NEW DELHI: Members of the Jawaharlal Nehru Students’ Union (JNUSU) staged a massive protest on the university campus on Monday against “anti-student” policies of the varsity’s administration.
The protest was staged near the convocation venue where vice president M Venkaiah Naidu was speaking as a chief guest of the event.
The students’ union gave a call to students to assemble in the campus and said they plan to subsequently march to the AICTE auditorium, where the convocation will be held.
The students’ union has been on a strike against the Draft Hostel Manual which was approved by the inter-hall administration. They claim that the manual has provisions for fee hike, curfew timings and dress code restrictions for students.
They said they will not end the strike till the hostel manual is withdrawn.
Monday’s protest is also part of the students’ agitation against the hostel manual and several other issues like restrictions by the administration on entry to Parathasarathy Rocks, attempts to lock students’ union office, etc, they said.
In 2018, the varsity held its second convocation after a period of 46 years.
Last year, the students’ union called for boycotting the convocation, accusing JNU VC M Jagadesh Kumar of “muzzling their democratic rights”.
The first convocation of the university was held in 1972, when G Parthasarathi was the vice-chancellor.