New Delhi, Apr 4 (PTI) Janta Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav today addressed Jawaharlal Nehru University students at administrative block despite a communication from the varsity informing him that it will be violation of rules.
“The registrar sent me a letter today informing about a Court order. I am only addressing students away from that 100 metre limit. This place is for arguments. Democracy works with arguments but they want to stop this,” Yadav said.
He encouraged students to continue with their struggle against seat cut and assured support to them.
“On the issue of seats, all students will have to fight together. You should struggle for it and we will raise the issue in Parliament,” he said.
As per the UGC notification, there is a cap on the number of students a professor, associate and assistant professor can mentor. This year JNU has only 200 seats for MPhil and Phd courses as against over 1000 seats last year.
Students are also opposing the move to make viva the only criterion for admission to research courses as entrance test has been made only a qualifying test.
Yadav spoke against the move and said, “The UGC has made viva 100 per cent but actually it should be 0. It should be abolished.”
JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar today issued a letter saying the talk organised by the students is in violation of a recent High Court order.
“The administration advises all stakeholders of JNU to refrain from organising any event that is in violation of the rules, regulations, and relevant Court orders. Disciplinary action will be taken as per university rules against the violators.
“In this connection, the invited speaker of today’s event has been informed and apprised of the situation,” he said while noting that most likely the invited speaker are not aware of the court orders.
Yadav also spoke on the issue of missing student Najeeb Ahmad and said such a situation “is possible in North Korea but not in India”.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.