JNU students protest for re-opening of library, hostel

New Delhi: After a one-and-a-half-year wait, Jawaharlal Nehru University, has finally opened for students in a phased manner beginning September 6

Following the campus’s opening, students demonstrated outside the Dean’s Student Office for their demands, including the opening of the library and the entry of students into hostel premises.The varsity has only allowed PhD students who must submit their thesis by December 31 to come to campus.

The students met with the Dean to discuss the matter under the leadership of the JNU Students’ Union. During this meeting, the student union demanded that hostels be allocated to students enrolling in the 2020-2021 academic year. Aside from that, demands were made for the early issuance of identity cards to first-year students.

Earlier on Tuesday, students marched from the Dean’s office to the library, demanding that it be opened. During the protest, anti-university administration slogans were chanted.According to the students, if the Delhi government has granted permission for the school to open, and given the improving situation of Covid-19 in Delhi, why is the university administration not opening the library and campus to students?

Earlier, officials in the education department informed that the Delhi government is planning to discuss the reopening of schools for students of Classes 6 to 8 in the upcoming Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting as per the graded response advised by the expert committee.