Students have broken into the officially-closed Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and begun holding classes for themselves.
Students have broken into the officially-closed Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and begun holding classes for themselves. They broke open four locks to enter the School of Languages and Social Sciences. The university's vice chancellor, Dr. B.D. Nag Chaudhari ordered the university closed on Thursday (3 November) because of mounting student unrest.
SYNOPSIS: the university is one of two in Delhi. Most of its 2,000 students are doing post-graduate studies. When the university was closed, water and electricity supplies were not cut off. Dr. Nag Chaudhari ordered the closure after he had stopped agitating students from entering the campus on Wednesday (2 November).
Anticipating the closure, a group of 15 students had slept that night in the library. Student counsellors and students set up pickets at three points -- the Centre for Russian Studies, the science block and the main administrative wing to prevent the vice chancellor, the director and secretary from entering the university and working.
The library will be open 24 hours a day and students can sit and read there as long as they want. A spokesman for the Students' Union said they were determined to continue classes and general academic life.
All but 600 students live in hostel on the campus. University authorities had asked guardians to arrange to keep away their wards immediately, but there was no reported widespread exodus of students.
One of the busiest areas was the Centre for Russian Studies, where a senior student conducted classes. Last August, students wrote to the Shah Commission asking for an inquiry into 'excesses' committed at the university under the emergency laid down by the government of former Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Now they blame the new government for the university's closure, claiming it had not responded to their requests for an inquiry.