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