JNU VC allays fears of temporary closure of campus
10 January 2020
Vice Chancellor of Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University M Jagadesh Kumar, who has been under fire from the students union and some faculty members for nor not doing enough to protect their interests, today made it clear that there is no plan to shut the university temporarily despite continued violent protests perpetrated by the students.
The VC, who issued the statement after his meeting with HRD ministry officials on Wednesday over the recent violence on campus, said the university has not made any suggestions for restoring normalcy.
The HRD ministry officials also maintained that no such proposal has been received.
"We have not made any such suggestions," news agency PTI quoted Kumar as saying.
His clarification comes in the wake of reports that the varsity administration suggested the ministry about temporarily shutting the campus following the mob violence on Sunday.
"There is no move to do so. Efforts are on to facilitate conducive environment for students," he added.
Ministry officials also said no proposal has been received by the ministry in this regard.
Kumar had on Tuesday appealed the students to "put the past behind and return to campus".
Violence broke out at the JNU on Sunday night as a group of masked men armed with sticks attacked students and teachers after a scuffle between two factions of students, prompting the administration to call in the police.
The Left-controlled JNUSU and the ABVP blame each other for the violence that continued for nearly two hours.
The ministry had on Sunday sought an immediate report from the registrar after the violence broke out on the campus and students and teachers were attacked.