JNU hunger strike enters fifth day

Administration has not had any dialogue with students

Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University are on an indefinite hunger strike for the past five days, asking the administration to act fast on their pending demands.

The demands will be discussed at the academic council meeting on Tuesday.  On Sunday night, students held a procession to gather support on the contents of the meeting.

“There has been no dialogue with the administration yet. We will wait till Tuesday and see if our demands would be met. Till then we will continue the hunger strike,” said Sarfaraz Ahmed, a student participating in the hunger strike.

Pending demands

The four major demands, which are pending for the last one year, are to reduce viva-voice marks from 30 per cent to 10-15 per cent, increasing the amount of merit-cum-means scholarship meant for students from economically weaker sections, assigning grace marks for minority students and changing the 2011 decision of holding separate entrance exams for integrated courses in the School of Languages.

“There are instances where the student is not good in spoken English, and in viva-voce the student is marked less despite having adequate knowledge about the subject,” said a JNUSU member.

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