New rules have been implemented in Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Now here, if the students protest in the campus, a fine of Rs 20,000 will be imposed and if there is violence, the admission will be cancelled.
New Delhi: The new rules of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have created a stir among the students studying here. According to the new rules, students can be fined Rs 20,000 for staging a sit-in on the campus and violence can lead to cancellation of their admission or a fine of Rs 30,000.
The 10-page 'Rules of Discipline and Proper Conduct for JNU Students' lays down punishments for various acts such as protesting and forgery, and lays down the investigation process for breaches of discipline.
According to the document, these rules came into force on February 3. The rules were implemented following protests over the screening of a controversial BBC documentary at the university. The rules document states that it has been approved by the Executive Council. This council is the highest decision making body of the university.
However, members of the Executive Council pointed out that the matter was brought up as an additional agenda item and mentioned that the document was prepared for 'court cases'. Vikas Patel, secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in JNU, called the new rules a Tughlaqi decree. JNU Vice-Chancellor Shantisree D Pandit has not responded to the matter.