New Delhi January 13: At a time when the students have left the campus to home following the January 5 violence, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar on Saturday again urged students to return to their hostels asserting that normalcy has been restored.
He said that the JNU administration has strengthened the security system on campus and academic activities have been started, hence students need to come back to the campus.
“We have strengthened the security on campus and I appeal all students who have gone home to come back. Academic activities have been resumed and JNU is back on its foot,” Jagadesh Kumar told a news agency.
Earlier, the VC had come under attack from teachers and politicians for not taking enough action when students were brutally attacked by a masked mob on campus.
Registration for winter semester
“I request all students to return to campus and get their registration for the winter semester done as classes will be starting from January 13,” he further stated.
Talking about the security arrangement on the campus, the VC stated that the security is handled by ex-servicemen and police are at the gates of the varsity.
“Our internal security is manned by ex-servicemen and I have also requested police to be at gates and come inside if any law and order situation arises,” Kumar stated.
VC meets HRD officials
The statement from the VC comes after he met Human Resource Development (MHRD) Secretary Amit Khare on Friday to discuss the existing situation.
Prior to that, the MHRD officials also met with a delegation of JNU comprising members of the students’ union (JNUSU) led by president Aishe Ghosh and teachers association (JNUTA) led by Prof D K Lobiyal and faculty members.
The whole violent episode unfolded on January 5 when more than 30 students of the university, including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, were injured and taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre after a masked mob entered the varsity and attacked them with sticks and rods.