Students demands are unacceptable, says JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar


Updated: Feb 14, 2017 16:05 IST

Heena Kausar
Heena Kausar
Hindustan Times


Jawaharlal Nehru University vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on Monday said the demands of agitating students are “unacceptable” as every university has to adopt the 2016 UGC gazette putting a cap on number of students a faculty can guide.

Students have been sitting in protest at the administrative building since Thursday and are demanding that the VC meets them to discuss their concern over seat cut in the university due to adoption of the UGC rules.

“Students are adamant that we should not consider the 2016 UGC gazette. This is totally unacceptable. Because there are close to 800 universities and all have adopted it. JNU cannot differ because we get funding from same source, which is UGC,” Kumar said on Monday.

The VC also warned that if students continue to remain adamant and disrupt the functioning of university then he will be forced to take “appropriate action”.

“Let me tell you very firmly that law of the land will take its course. Preventing government official from doing their duty and occupying a government building is a criminal offence. We do not want our students to indulge in criminal offence and face the consequences,” he said.

The VC said admission to MPhil and PhD prorgammes will depend on vacancies. As per the UGC gazette, a professor can guide 8 PhD students and 3 MPhil students while an associate professor can guide 6 and 2 students, and an assistant professor can guide 4 and 1 students, respectively.

“PhD students can enrol only if there are vacancies. It is not a right that every student who is studying MA or MPhil will get into PhD. It is linked to the vacancies and that is linked to faculty number,” he said.

JNU students’ union said the university has an integrated MPhil/PhD and promotion to PhD or second year of MPhil is based on grades scored in previous semester.

“In no way can the JNU administration alter this criterion and bring in supervisor-scholar ratio as conditionality,” said JNUSU general secretary Satarupa.

On the issue of already registered students, the VC said, “After you adopt the UGC gazette there will be a transition period…one or two year. We will do everything possible so that interest of students already registered is protected.”

The VC said “a small section of students” are spreading the “rumour” that there is going to be a large seat cut. “It is totally unfound,” he said.

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Indian Express, 27 January 2017 by ARANYA SHANKAR


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In a bid to revamp image, JNU Opens doors to School kids

dna Correspondent | Tue, 22 Nov 2016-07:30am , New Delhi , DNA
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After becoming the center of controversies with its “anti-national”image, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is all set for a brand revamp. As part of the bid, the country’s premier varsity organised an open day — Jan Jan JNU — on Monday, wherein schoolchildren visited the campus to witness the works and research carried out in various departments.

Inaugurating the event, JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said:”Universities should not remain ivory towers. They should connect with society. The main objective of Jan Jan JNU was precisely that.”

He further stated that another objective of the event was to showcase JNU’s contributions to society, which could serve as inspiration for the schoolchildren when they later decide on their career as future researchers, academicians or engines of social change.

Director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, V Ramagopal Rao, a nanotechnology expert, was also present at the event. As many as 900 students from 11 schools visited the campus. The varsity departments had also set up stalls to inform students about their achievements.

The schoolchildren got an opportunity to see a movie about the inception and development of the varsity, and were led through a range of exhibits. Thereafter, they attended three parallel sessions on Mind Mapping and Basic Introduction to Indian sign languages, animation film on Panchatantra and a documentary from the School of Languages.

Since February 9 this year, the university has been in the limelight for alleged anti-national activities in the campus, when a group of students raised some anti-India slogans. The holding of the Mahishasur Shahadat Diwas and plans for a beef and pork festival further landed the varsity in the soup. The burning of the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month added the last nail to the coffin.

At present, the varsity is in news as a 27-year-old student, Najeeb Ahmed, has gone missing from the campus.

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JNU ‘opens’ up possibilities for Delhi kids

| TNN | Updated: Nov 22, 2016, 02.26 AM IST
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School teachers, who had accompanied the students, praised the idea of the Open Day.
School teachers, who had accompanied the students, praised the idea of the Open Day.
NEW DELHI: Around 700 students from 11 city schools participated in the first Open Day — ‘Jan Jan JNU’ — conducted by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Monday.

The university organised an exhibition on the inner workings of cells in the human body, technological advances in designing drugs, development of environmental issues and aspects of history, linguistics and other social sciences. The students were also shown a movie on the inception and development of the institution.

School teachers, who had accompanied the students, praised the idea of the Open Day. “Under this programme, students could learn about the broader aspects of research, which would help them in future,” said Poonam Sharma, a teacher of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pushp Vihar.

Even the students were very excited about the event. “It exposed us to several aspects of science like nanotechnology and the new developments in medical sciences,” said Ishita Sharma, a class X student of Ryan International School.

According to JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, the primary objective of any university was to contribute to the society, and for that the best ambassadors were students.

Addressing the students, IIT-Delhi Director Dr V Ramgopal Rao said that questions made one a better student. “One has to look at things from a learning aspect and focus on the society,” he said.

He said that JNU and Indian Institute of Technology were planning to join hands to solve the problems of the society. “We want the students to attend common lectures and take up joint projects and then develop products to solve the issues,” the VC said.

“This would allow the students of our school to know more about the university and the latest technological developments. It also provided them with an opportunity to interact with students of private schools,” said Tanay Tyagi, a teacher of Government Girl’s Senior Secondary School, Tughlaqabad.

However, many schools had sent only science students to attend the programme and the humanities section had very few visitors.

Meanwhile, the JNSU complained of mismanagement and said that none of the students’ bodies had been invited to showcase “the political aspects of the university”. “If they called it Jan Jan JNU then they should have invited all the bodies,” said Mohit Pandey, JNUSU president.

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Kids’ day out at ‘dangerous’ JNU

The Telegraph| Tuesday , November 22 , 2016 |

New Delhi, Nov. 21: When Class VIII pupil Ashutosh Ranjan’s parents learnt his school was organising an excursion to JNU, they were aghast.

“Mother asked, ‘Why?’ Father said it’s a dangerous place: people kept fighting there. He asked why our school couldn’t take us to a safer place,” Ashutosh, surrounded by his classmates, said on the university campus.

“I persuaded them to let me go by promising I would not talk to the university students. But here everyone is so nice,” the boy from the Kendriya Vidyalaya at Pushp Vihar said.

JNU today hosted its first “Jan Jan JNU Open Day”, an exhibition for schoolchildren on the lines of an event popularised by IIT Delhi, the campus next door. Some 800 pupils from 11 schools participated.

Sabhyata Garbiyal (right) interacts with a visitor at the exhibition

Ashutosh said he had enjoyed an audiovisual presentation by students of the JNU school of languages the most, where they taught the schoolchildren words from the various languages taught at the university.

“I’m in Class XII and am receiving coaching for my engineering entrance, but now I want to learn French at JNU,” said Aniket Kumar, from Delhi Public School, after attending the talk.

Vice-chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar, a former IIT Delhi professor, tweeted: “Universities should not remain as ivory towers. They should connect with the society. The main objective of Jan-Jan JNU is precisely this.”

The event’s launch comes in a year the university has been in the news over its students being arrested on sedition charges and another going missing after a scuffle over hostel elections.

It’s in this context that the chief guest today, IIT Delhi director V. Ramgopal Rao, said that such an event was “even more important for a place like JNU”.

“When you look at the papers, you only hear one kind of news about JNU. But when you come here it’s a completely different world,” he said.

“It’s a normal world. It’s a university like any other university…. JNU probably needs to do it much more —- more than one Open Day a year —- compared to IIT Delhi.”

Although JNU is better known for its social science departments, the focus today was on the natural sciences. The schoolchildren flocked to watch experiments with rayon fibres and demonstrations of how breathalysers work.

The social sciences stalls, located in a corner, hardly drew any kids. “We weren’t told that our displays would be for schoolchildren; I assumed they were for a university audience,” a volunteer from the Centre for International Politics and Disarmament told this newspaper, providing a glimpse of the poor planning.

“If I were a schoolchild, what joy would I get from reading the list of publications in foreign affairs?”

Volunteers from the history stall tried to attract the children with their display of prehistoric tools excavated from the JNU campus.

“We’ve tried to pose the right questions to them. What is the idea of India? Was Sanskrit ever spoken widely?” a volunteer said.

In a hall inside, Ram Nath Jha of the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies delivered a lecture on Vedic Science.

“In school, you have been studying general science, which is western science,” said Jha. “The problem of our country is that we do not know our tradition and heritage. Sanskrit is the oldest language not only of India, but the globe.”

Writing in several languages – including Egyptian, Sumerian, Mycenaean Greek and Old Chinese – existed before 1000 BC but Sanskrit is not on this list. Tamil cave inscriptions from 200 BC predate the Junagadh rock inscription of Rudradaman I, considered the earliest archaeological evidence of Sanskrit, by 150 years.

So do Ashoka’s edicts, written in Prakrit. There’s a widely held view, though, that Sanskrit was for centuries just a spoken language.

Jha had his own take on why physicist Satyendra Nath Bose exemplified India’s greatness.

He told the children that the Higgs Boson particle was named after Peter Higgs and Bose, and then added: “Bose belonged to the Upanishadic tradition. His family was from the Brahmo Samaj and their lifestyle was based on Upanishadic thought.”

Partha Ghose, physicist, author and former professor at the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, said: “Bose’s family did not belong to the Brahmo Samaj. He never spoke to me about the Upanishadic tradition or his belief in Upanishadic thought. Nor do I know of him speaking or writing about this elsewhere.”

Jha may have confused Satyendra Nath Bose with the biologist-physicist Jagadish Chandra Bose, who belonged to the Brahmo Samaj, said Sibaji Raha, former director at the Bose Institute and founding chairman of the Joint Scientific Council of the GSI Helmhotz Centre for Heavy Ion Research and Facility for Anti-proton & Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany.

It wasn’t just the university students explaining things. Sabhyata Garbiyal, 10, who has learnt sign language at JNU’s Linguistic Empowerment Cell, was one of the volunteers from the university’s side. Her school wasn’t participating in the event.

Sabhyata invited the other schoolchildren to ask questions that she would translate into signs.

“It’s simple. If you learn to sign, which you can if you come to JNU, you can learn so many things from people around you who are deaf and dumb,” Sabhyata said.

“Let me teach you how to sign ‘Thank you’,” she told this reporter and the crowd gathered around her.

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