Holding the Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar responsible for the violence that rocked the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on Sunday (January 5), JNU Students Union (JNUSU) has demanded his resignation. The students union also has called upon the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) to sack him should he refuse to put in his papers.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Teachers’ Association too has written to the President, who is the Visitor to the varsity, demanding the removal of the Vice Chancellor.
“He is using henchmen to perpetrate violence on students and vandalise the university,” said JNUSU.
“The JNU community has a single point of demand. That either this VC resign or the MHRD as the competent authority remove him! Those who are trying to malign and destroy this university will not succeed,” demanded JNUSU.
“This Vice-Chancellor is a cowardly Vice-Chancellor who introduces illegal policies through the backdoor, runs away from the questions of students or teachers and then manufactures a situation to demonize JNU,” said a statement from JNUSU.
“For nearly seventy days now, the students of JNU have been fighting a courageous battle to save their university from the clutches of privatisation and greed. The VC is adamant that by sending a message that a fee hike has happened in JNU, he can prove that accessible education is not possible,” it added.
“The JNUTA with full sense of responsibility accuses the JNU Administration headed by the Vice-Chancellor of being responsible for the orgy of violence in JNU,” the association said.
“It is evident that without the connivance of the Administration, the entry into the campus of several of the goons who were not from the campus, and their subsequent exit without being caught, would not have been possible”, it added.
Earlier on Sunday evening, more than 18 students of the university, including JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh, were injured and taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre after 100-odd masked goons went on a rampage inside the campus, attacking students and faculty members with iron rods and other weapons.
Aishe Ghosh was seen in a video saying, “I have been brutally attacked by goons wearing masks. I have been bleeding. I was brutally beaten up.” Her condition is said to be serious.
(With input from agencies.)