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JNU Violence Updates: Suspension of VC Jagadesh Kumar 'not an option', says HRD, JNUSU insists demand for removal non-negotiable

JNU Violence LIVE Updates: The HRD ministry on Thursday said the removal of the Jawaharlal Nehru University vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar 'was not a solution'. HRD secretary Amit Khare said officials of the ministry will talk to Kumar again on Friday over the students' claims of revised fee not being implemented.

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JNU Violence Updates: Suspension of VC Jagadesh Kumar 'not an option', says HRD, JNUSU insists demand for removal non-negotiable

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19:34 (ist)

MHRD secretary to meet VC, JNUSU tomorrow

Amit Khare, Ministry of Human Resource Development secretary, after his meeting with the JNU teachers' association, faculty members, and JNUSU, said, "Whatever has happened in last few days is extremely sad. Students have a list of grievances. The teachers also have grievances against administration, we are trying to resolve all of them.

"I have called the Jawaharlal Nehru University VC and team on Friday morning. I have also offered the students that I will be meeting them again tomorrow regarding their demands. Such incidents should not re-occur."

19:27 (ist)

JNUSU questions Delhi Police over detention of women protesters after sunset

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students' union on Thursday asked why the Delhi Police had detained women protesters outside the MHRD premises when they were attempting to continue their march towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

17:11 (ist)

Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh govts declare 'Chhapaak' tax-free

The Bhupesh Baghel-led Chhattisgarh government on Thursday declared the Deepika Padukone-starrer 'Chhapaak' tax free.

Chhattisgarh was soon followed by Madhya Pradesh, which also has a Congress government, India Today reported.

Padukone grabbed national attention when she joined a sit-in at JNU in protest against the 5 January violence in the campus.

15:17 (ist)

Report says days after Deepika Padukone joined JNU protests, govt drops promotional video featuring her

Two days after Deepika Padukone paid a surprise visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, the Union skill development ministry has “dropped” a promotional video that had the actor speaking about acid attack survivors and Skill India, ThePrint reported. The news website cited an anonymous ministry source who said that the video was due to release on Wednesday but has been "abruptly dropped after Tuesday’s chain of events." 

The website, however, also carried a clarification from the ministry which states that the video is merely being 'evaluated'.

15:04 (ist)

 JNU VC M Jagadish Kumar claims few teachers inciting students against him

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on Thursday levelled allegations that some professors of the varsity are inciting the students against him. Speaking to Zee News, Kumar claimed that the situation inside the univeristy was now normal, except the fact that a few selective students were protesting and the teachers were trying to incite students against him. 

14:27 (ist)

JNUSU prez Aishe Ghosh reaches Mandi House

Aishe Ghosh, the chief of the JNU students' union, who was also injured in the 5 January clashes at the university, has reached Mandi House to particioate in the protests. Ghosh had alleged that during the violence she was surrounded by 20-30 people, hit multiple times with an iron rod and even "physically molested" while sexual expletives were shouted at her.

The sight of Ghosh with blood streaming down her face became the defining image of the recent attack on JNU when a masked  mob entered the campus with sledgehammers, iron rods and glass bottles, and beat students and teachers.   

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Jan 09, 2020 - 20:18 (IST)

Murli Manohar Joshi says JNU VC shouldn't be allowed to continue on post

Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi tweets,"It is shocking that the VC is adamant on not implementing the government proposal. This attitude is deplorable and in my opinion such a VC should not be allowed to continue on his post".

His statement is in line with the demands being made by protesting JNU students and faculty to suspend the vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar for inaction over the 5 January violence.

Jan 09, 2020 - 20:13 (IST)

One protester injured in scuffle with police

A protester was injured during the JNU students' march towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday demanding removal of the Jawaharlal Nehru University's Vice Chancellor following the 5 January violence in the campus, ANI reported.

Jan 09, 2020 - 19:34 (IST)

MHRD secretary to meet VC, JNUSU tomorrow

Amit Khare, Ministry of Human Resource Development secretary, after his meeting with the JNU teachers' association, faculty members, and JNUSU, said, "Whatever has happened in last few days is extremely sad. Students have a list of grievances. The teachers also have grievances against administration, we are trying to resolve all of them.

"I have called the Jawaharlal Nehru University VC and team on Friday morning. I have also offered the students that I will be meeting them again tomorrow regarding their demands. Such incidents should not re-occur."

Jan 09, 2020 - 19:27 (IST)

JNUSU questions Delhi Police over detention of women protesters after sunset

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students' union on Thursday asked why the Delhi Police had detained women protesters outside the MHRD premises when they were attempting to continue their march towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Jan 09, 2020 - 18:48 (IST)

JNU guards seized personal belongings of protesters, say eyewitnesses
 

Eyewitnesses on Thursday said that JNU guards had taken away the personal belongings of the sit-in protesters at the varsity. Reportedly, the guards burnt belongings like mattresses, tarpaulin, and speakers.

Jan 09, 2020 - 18:47 (IST)

Suspension of JNU VC not an option, says HRD ministry

The HRD ministry on Thursday said the removal of the Jawaharlal Nehru University vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar "was not a solution". HRD secretary Amit Khare said officials of the ministry will talk to Kumar again on Friday over the students' claims of revised fee not being implemented.

"The removal of the vice chancellor is not a solution," he said, adding the ministry officials will also meet JNU Students' Union after meeting Kumar.

Jan 09, 2020 - 18:45 (IST)

No compromise over VC's suspension: Aishe Ghosh

JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, who addressed the student protesters after a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, said that the meeting had been "unsatisfactory" and added, "We're in no position to compromise with HRD ministry. It's still thinking whether VC should be removed."

Jan 09, 2020 - 18:41 (IST)

Delhi Police lathi-charge protesters blocking traffic

The Delhi Police resorted to baton charge to control the student protesters outside the HRD ministry's premises after some protesters attempted to block the traffic at Janpath. The JNUSU had given a call for the protest rally to continue towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan after saying that the meeting with MHRD officials was "unsatisfactory".

Using loud speakers, the police also appealed to the crowd to maintain peace, PTI reported.

Jan 09, 2020 - 18:37 (IST)

Students detained outside MHRD premises

Delhi Police has detained student protesters from JNU at Shastri Bhavan, outside the MHRD premises, after they attempted to continue their rally towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan after a meeting with the MHRD didn't yield a positive response to their demands.

The Indian Express reported that the students were lathi-charged by the police.

Jan 09, 2020 - 18:05 (IST)

Delhi Police, students face-off as protesters attempt to march to Rashtrapati Bhavan

As JNU students attempted to continue their march towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan to push their demands related to the hostel fee hike and the suspension of the varsity's vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, the Delhi Police stopped the students from proceeding, leading to a tense situation.

Students were then escorted away from the MHRD premises by the police.

JNU Violence Latest Updates: The HRD ministry on Thursday said the removal of the Jawaharlal Nehru University vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar "was not a solution". HRD secretary Amit Khare said officials of the ministry will talk to Kumar again on Friday over the students' claims of revised fee not being implemented.

"The removal of the vice chancellor is not a solution," he said, adding the ministry officials will also meet JNU Students' Union after meeting Kumar.

JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, who addressed the student protesters after a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, said that the meeting had been "unsatisfactory" and added, "We're in no position to compromise with HRD ministry. It's still thinking whether VC should be removed."

Delhi Police has detained student protesters from JNU at Shastri Bhavan, outside the MHRD premises, after they attempted to continue their rally towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan after a meeting with the MHRD didn't yield a positive response to their demands.

As JNU students attempted to continue their march towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan to push their demands related to the hostel fee hike and the suspension of the varsity's vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, the Delhi Police stopped the students from proceeding, leading to a tense situation.

Students were then escorted away from the MHRD premises by the police.

In the meeting with the MHRD officials, JNUSU office bearers insisted that the demand for the JNU vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar's resignation or suspension is non-negotiable. JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh also said that the MHRD wants to continue having a dialogue with the students' union, to which the students agreed, but said that the ministry should also have a dialogue with the varsity's administration like the proctor.

The meeting between a delegation of JNUSU and JNUTA members with officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has ended. JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, who was part of the meeting, gave a debriefing after the meeting and said that the officials hadn't agreed to suspend the varsity's vice chancellor, M Jagadesh Kumar. The students have been demanding his removal over alleged inaction during the 5 January incident of violence.

With the ministry's refusal to suspend Kumar from the post, the students have decided to continue the protest march to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The march was taken out on Thursday afternoon from Mandi House and was stopped by Delhi Police at Shastri Bhawan.

JNUSU VPP Saket Moon, who is part of the delegation of students' union office bearers who have been called by the Ministry of Human Resource Development for a discussion on the recent unrest in the campus, was quoted by The Indian Express as saying, "We will leave from here after ensuring our demands (are heard) now."

The officer-bearers of JNUSU and JNUTA are expected to discuss the violence against the students in the campus on 5 January, the hostel fee hike, and their demand for the removal of the vice-chancellor with the officials of the MHRD.

An eight-member delegation comprising members of the JNU students' union and teachers' association on Thursday met officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, even as a march was taken out by students in protest against the violence in the campus on 5 January. PTI reported that the Delhi Police escorted the delegation to the meeting.

The Delhi Police has stopped near Shashtri Bhawan the march by students and members of civil society organisations towards the HRD Ministry. Hundreds of demonstrators hit the streets on Thursday protesting the recent violence at JNU and demanding resignation of the varsity vice-chancellor.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on Thursday levelled allegations that some professors of the varsity are inciting the students against him.

Speaking to Zee News, Kumar claimed that the situation inside the university was now normal, except the fact that a few selective students were protesting and the teachers were trying to incite students against him. Hundreds of demonstrators, including students and members of civil society organisations, hit the streets on Thursday protesting the recent violence at JNU and demanding resignation of the varsity vice-chancellor.

The protesters, carrying placards and banners, started a march from Mandi House towards the HRD Ministry. They shouted slogans demanding strict action against those involved in the campus violence of January 5 that left around 35 injured. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students and teachers, heading to Mandi House for a protest march against the recent violence on campus, were stopped by police at the varsity's main gate on Thursday, the students said. However, the police has denied the claim and said students are being allowed to board the buses they had booked to reach the protest venue in central Delhi. There is also heavy deployment of police personnel both at the campus and the protest venue.

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