JNU students on indefinite hunger strike get support

Seek inclusion of students from different backgrounds

Nearly 30 students sat on a one-day hunger strike on Wednesday to support 19 students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union who are currently on an indefinite hunger strike for their overdue demands to put pressure on authorities before the academic council meets on October 30.

The JNUSU had earlier put forward its demands for reforms before the administration.
 However, student leaders slammed the administration saying the discussions are not enough.

“We even approached the Vice Chancellor but he did not take any stand. He said decisions will be taken by the council only during the meeting,” said Sarfaraz Ahmed, JNUSU member.

There are five major demands which include reducing the viva-voice marks from 30 per cent to 10-15 per cent, increasing the amount of the merit-cum-means (MCM) scholarship meant for students from economically weaker sections, assigning five marks for grace to minority students, building new hostels and revoking the last year’s decision of holding separate entrance tests for integrated courses in the School of Languages.

“We have to ensure that one of our major demands, involving the reduction of the viva-voice is met with. We have to ensure that our campus is inclusive with representation of students from different backgrounds,” added Ahmed.

These issues were taken up by the previous students’ union as well.

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