The Jawaharlal Nehru University students' union (JNUSU) has alleged that the administration withdrew the permission for holding the 'Save JNU Convention' - organised to highlight the university's contributions to India - on frivolous grounds. Dubbing the move a 'shameful and disgraceful act', the student union claims that permission for holding convention at School of Social Science (SSS)-I auditorium was withdrawn after JNUSU completed all the required process and the forms were submitted to the administration.
The student body in a statement said that the convocation organised by Vice Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar let administration, after destroying the university, on the name of distributing degrees was nothing more than a photo-op.
The convocation was then held at SSS-3 lobby "with massive participation from students rejecting machinations of the JNU administration," the statement said. The speakers at the Save JNU Convention highlighted the university's glorious contribution to the Indian society for more than last four decades, it said.
Earlier, the venue of JNU convocation was changed at the last moment and the administration decided to hold it off campus after the JNUSU had called for a boycott accusing VC Jagadesh Kumar of muzzling students' democratic rights.
Meanwhile, a first ever referendum against the Vice Chancellor, 93 per cent teachers voted in support of the demand of his ouster. The referendum, supervised by external observers, clearly showed that the current vice chancellor should not continue any further, JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) said in a statement.