Delhi

JNUSU calls two-day strike against varsity

Students’ body claims JNU spent ₹13 lakh to host spiritual gurus

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) on Saturday called for a two-day strike on January 8 and January 9, to protest against the university administration’s “financial corruption”.

The JNUSU alleged that while the university denied registration to a visually challenged student who was failed due to lack of facilities due to paucity of funds faced by the varsity, the JNU administration had spent ₹13 lakh to host spiritual gurus Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Sadhguru.

“The JNU V-C in massive corruption has been diverting money meant for seminars and academic conferences for construction of statues on campus and renovation of homes of senior officers,” the JNUSU alleged in a statement.

Further, the students’ body alleged that the administration has administered an 80% fund cut to library, has not disbursed the merit-cum-means scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students, while increasing the expenditure on security by 89%.

“JNUSU sees this extravaganza as part of a larger policy of the Narendra Modi government towards destruction of public education and universities through fund cuts, seat cuts, decimation of reservation and so on,” the JNUSU added.

Stating that the strike called is in solidarity with the all-India general strike called by trade unions, the students’ body said, “JNUSU condemns this massive muzzling of tax payers’ money by the JNU administration and the government”.

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