JNUSU red flags cur­few tim­ings for hos­tels, steep fines for vi­o­la­tions

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New Delhi: Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity Stu­dents’ Union (JNUSU) is up in arms against the draft in­ter-hall ad­min­is­tra­tion and hos­tel man­ual which pre­scribes cur­few tim­ings for hos­tels, reg­u­la­tion of vis­i­tors, evic­tion in case of protests and mon­e­tary fines for vi­o­lat­ing rules. The union said the new rules are against the cul­ture of JNU and a means to curb voices of stu­dents.

The univer­sity has no­ti­fied the draft hos­tel man­ual pre­pared by a com­mit­tee ap­pointed by vice-chan­cel­lor M Ja­gadesh Ku­mar and sought ob­ser­va­tions and sug­ges­tions till Oc­to­ber 18. Any stake­holder can write to the of­fice of the dean (stu­dents) through email. The man­ual was last up­dated in 2005 and cer­tain clauses had be­come ob­so­lete, of­fi­cials said.

JNUSU will soon be start­ing a sig­na­ture cam­paign against the new rules to sub­mit it to the ad­min­is­tra­tion. The hos­tel pres­i­dents have been asked to carry out a gen­eral body

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meet­ing to in­form the stu­dents about these pro­vi­sions.

The new rules men­tion that the cur­few tim­ing of the hos­tels would be 11pm or half an hour af­ter the li­brary closes. The li­brary closes at 7.30pm, but the read­ing rooms are open

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round the clock. Stu­dents would have to in­form the war­den in ad­vance if they would be ab­sent from the hos­tel overnight.

JNUSU pres­i­dent Aishe Ghosh said, “We never had such rules in place. We are re­search schol­ars aged 25 and above and have the abil­ity to take de­ci­sions. Why is such mon­i­tor­ing nec­es­sary? We have to go to the field for re­search and that is no­ti­fied to our su­per­vi­sors.”

Vis­i­tors won’t be al­lowed in the hos­tels af­ter10.30pm and stu­dents liv­ing in one hos­tel can­not stay overnight in an­other. “Doesn’t the ad­min­is­tra­tion re­alise that we do group stud­ies and some­times meet­ings are held at night? If we are found vi­o­lat­ing the rules, we will have to pay a fine of Rs 3,000. These rules are be­ing made to de­stroy our JNU cul­ture,” said Ghosh.

If stu­dents are found protest­ing or car­ry­ing out a dharna, they would be given an evic­tion no­tice. The senior hos­tel war­den would also have the right to im­pose a fine up to Rs 10,000 for vi­o­la­tions. There is also a fee hike pro­posed for the hos­tels of mar­ried re­search schol­ars.

“We would like to re­mind our VC that this is a pub­lic univer­sity, not an RSS shakha. With this propo­si­tion, the ba­sic in­tent of the ad­min is clear; to curb the right of move­ment of stu­dents, in par­tic­u­lar women. What is even more shame­ful is the man­ner in which this draft hos­tel man­ual threat­ens stu­dents from dis­sent­ing against the JNU ad­min­is­tra­tion,” JNUSU said in a state­ment.

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