JNU students retire after a day of intense protest against VC and administration’s “Anti-Student” policy.
NEWDELHI:Hundreds of students protested near the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against the administration’s “Anti-Student” policy. Students marched to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) where the Vice President Venkaiah Naidu was addressing the university’s convocation in an auditorium.
The gates of AICTE were locked and security personnel were put on standby inside and outside the premises due to the protests, barricades were placed outside the north and west gates of the JNU campus, as well as on the route between the AICTE auditorium and the JNU at Baba Balaknath marg. Students broke these blockades and marched towards the venue, with placards in their hands, the students were beating tambourine and raising slogans like “Delhi Police Go Back” and calling vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar a “Thief”.
Students wanted to meet the vice chancellor and demand withdrawal of the draft hostel manual, which they claimed has provisions for fee hike, dress code and curfew timings. The protest is part of the agitation against the hostel manual and several other issues like restrictions by the administration on entry to the Parthasarathy Rocks, attempts to lock students' union office, according to the students. The students' union has been on a strike against the draft hostel manual, which was approved by the inter-hall administration. They have said the strike would not end until the hostel manual is withdrawn.
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