Suspension of 30 JNU Students is Vindictive: Solidarity Statement from Students, Faculty and Alumni of Jindal University

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH JNU STUDENTS BY FACULTY, ALUMNI AND STUDENTS OF O.P. JINDAL GLOBAL UNIVERSITY

We, the undersigned faculty, alumni and students of the O.P Jindal Global University (JGU), in our individual capacity, deeply condemn the recent suspension, and subsequent blocking of 30 students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) from registering in their respective courses. We believe that the said suspension, blocking, imposition of fine and penalizing of students is not only arbitrary, but also emanates from a clearly vindictive position of targeting students who have been critical of the administration of the University and malpractices of members of administration.

It does not seem a mere coincidence that every member whose name figures on the list have been an active part in the 2016 protests of the University. It is also questionable that the decisions have been handed out by the Proctor’s office without any enquiry being conducted, and without the students being called for a hearing, even if we were to assume that the students were guilty of the charges levelled against them. The statute of JNU, itself, prescribes due process as to how enquiries must be conducted, in accordance with principles of natural justice, which has been completely undermined. Whilst students have been penalized for a ghearo outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office, it is unfortunate that the JNU Administration has not taken any action against members of the ABVP who had assaulted Najeeb, who has since then gone missing and whose whereabouts is unknown, which led to such a ghearo in the first place. The lack of a holistic understanding of the issue and concerns of the student body by the JNU administration betrays the responsibility of the administration towards its students and faculty. The disparity and discriminatory nature of the JNU administration in dealing with students clearly indicate political proclivity and nepotism of the JNU administration.

We strongly believe that the current action is part of a larger agenda of destroying dissent from the student body, enforce compliance and ensure conformism. As we have reiterated before, it is our firm belief that Universities are places for unhindered engagement with ideas, which is essential for a holistic education. This becomes meaningless without space for dissent, critique, and engagement with alternative ideologies. Academic spaces such as universities require academic freedom, and taking such freedom seriously warrants space for ideological engagement with the world. The handing out of the unilateral decision at this stage, coincidental with the timing of registration for courses, seems to be one of deliberate action in order to disallow students from continuing their education.

It does not behold a world-class knowledge centre and leading University, such as JNU, to indulge in vindictive targeting of students who engage in dissent and critique of what they perceive as unjust and unfair. It sets a terrible precedent as to what JNU stands for if the University, itself, were to ignore the importance of dialogue and discussions, but rather lays emphasis on unilateral coercion through administrative action.

We stand in solidarity with the students arbitrarily suspended, without an enquiry by due process, and sincerely hope that the JNU administration revoke the decision and engages in fair procedure in taking administrative action. We also stand in solidarity with all the students and faculty members of JNU who are supporting the unjust suspensions of the students. We deeply condemn the usage of coercion and abuse by the JNU administration and appeal to the JNU administration that they engage with the students through speech and dialogue.

Signatories:-

1. Amritesh Mohanty, Student, Jindal Global Law School.
2. Divyansha Agarwal, Student, Jindal Global Law School
3. Rajesh Serupally, Student, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy.
4. Eysha Marysha, Student, Jindal Global Law School
5. Mitisha Dhaka, Student, Jindal Global Law School
6. Avi Srivastava, Student, Jindal Global Law School
7. Mansi Seth, Student, Jindal Global Law School
8. Sabarish Suresh, Student, Jindal Global Law School
9. Mahima Chauhan, Student, Jindal Global Law School
10. Niranjan Sankar Rao, Student, Jindal Global Law School
11. Yashaswini Venkatadri, Student, Jindal Global Law School
12. Namit Chatrath, Student, Jindal Global Law School
13. Shravan Niranjan, Student, Jindal Global Law School
14. Meenakshi Ramkumar, Student, Jindal Global Law School
15. Aishwarya Singh, Student, Jindal Global Law School
16. Bonny John, Alumni, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
17. Anish Vanaik, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School.
18. Anandita Rana, Student, Jindal Global Law School
19. Shreya Reddy, Student, Jindal Global Law School
20. Aashita Dawer, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
21. Avishek Konar, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
22. Alina Merin Matthew, Student, Jindal Global Law School
23. Rashmita Sunkara, Student, Jindal Global Law School
24. Sunidhi Bansal, Student, Jindal Global Law School
25. Aditi Tiwari, Student, Jindal Global Law School
26. Mahitha S, Student, Jindal Global Law School
27. Albeena Shakil, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
28. Abhishek, Student, Jindal Global Law School
29. Amala Dasarathi, Student, Jindal Global Law School
30. Jhuma Sen, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
31. Tejasvini Puri, Student, Jindal Global Law School
32. Kavya Kartik, Student, Jindal Global Law School
33. Aditi Mallavarapu, Student, Jindal Global Law School
34. Chandana Arval, Alumni, Jindal Global Law School
35. Vanessa Chisti, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
36. Jahnavi A, Alumni, Jindal Global Law School
37. Ish Maini, Student, Jindal Global Law School
38. Anadi Sharma, Student, Jindal Global Law School
39. Dhruv Yadav, Student, Jindal Global Law School
40. Aishwarya Koralath, Student, Jindal Global Law School
41. Sanya Rafique, Student, Jindal Global Law School
42. Avanija Inuganti, Student, Jindal Global Law School
43. Oishik Sircar, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
44. Shubhankar Gupta, Student, Jindal Global Law School
45. Kanishk Singhvi, Student, Jindal Global Law School
46. Madur Mahajan, Student, Jindal Global Law School
47. Devashish Mathur, Student, Jindal Global Law School
48. Ajitesh Soni, Student, Jindal Global Law School
49. Chirag Juneja, Student, Jindal Global Law School
50. Chitrash Narula, Student, Jindal Global Law School
51. Vagmi Sharma, Student, Jindal Global Law School
52. Muskan Tibrewala, Student, Jindal Global Law School
53. Parvaz Lamba, Student, Jindal Global Law School

  • K SHESHU BABU

    Indiscriminate suspensions of the students must be condemned by every democratic organisation and persons. The dictatorial attitude of jnu authorities is increasing day by day. This tendency is not desirable in educational institutions