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JNU students gherao administration block over compulsory attendance issue

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

JNU students today "gheraoed" the administration block demanding a meeting with the vice on the issue of compulsory attendance, and stopped Chief and Rector-1 Chintamani Mahapatra from leaving the building. Hundreds of students, led by the Students' Union (JNUSU), picketed outside all the gates of the building and confronted and stopped senior university officials who tried to go out. Vice M Jagadesh Kumar was in his office. The students demanded that the administration revoke the compulsory 75 per cent attendance required in an academic year for availing scholarships and fellowships, and convene a meeting of the which was postponed indefinitely. Since 11 AM, a group of students have performed skits and mimes and sang songs near the main entrance of the administration block.

Security guards were deployed to block the entry of students into the building. A human chain was also formed around the building. In a letter written to the administration in morning, the JNUSU said, "Students of this university are waiting for the vice to have a dialogue with JNUSU representatives." "There has been no call to lay siege to the administration building. All administrative works have been going on without any obstruction," JNUSU said, adding that the would continue till the vice met the students. Rector-1 Mahapatra, when he was stopped by the students from going out, said he could not take a decision on the matters in individual capacity and that there would be dialogue with the students.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:10 IST
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