New Delhi: Amid growing chorus for his resignation,following violence in Jawahar Lal University on January 5, JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on Friday met HRD secretary Amit Khare. Reports claimed that Kumar briefed Khare about the measures being taken to bring normalcy back in the varsity campus. Later in the day, a team of HRD ministry is also expected to meet JNU students at 3:30 PM today to end the deadlock.
Earlier on Thursday Khare had met a delegation of representatives from JNU Students Union and Teachers Association where they put forward the demand of VC’s removal. “Removing the VC is not the solution. The basic issue on which the whole problem has arisen needs to be addressed first. Changing X, Y or Z is not as important as resolving the issues that have come up. The basic bone of contention needs to be resolved,” Khare said.
JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, who was severely injured in the violence, had also stated that they will not compromise over their demand for the removal of the VC.
Beside students and faculty members, senior BJP leader and former Union minister Murli Manohar Joshi had also demanded the ouster of VC Kumar. In a statement, Joshi said, “Reports are that the HRD Ministry had twice advised the JNU V-C to implement certain reasonable and working formula for resolving the issue for enhanced fees in JNU. He has advised to reach out to the teachers and students. It is shocking that the V-C is adamant for not implementing the government proposal.”
On January 5, more than 30 students of the university, including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, were injured and taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre after a masked mob entered the varsity and attacked them and professors with sticks and rods.