The Jawahar Lal Nehru University, known for its progressiveness, yesterday issued a notice against one of its renowned professors, Nivedita Menon. The notice was against Menon for addressing a student’s protest against the recent suspension of eight students for ‘disrupting an Academic Council meeting’ close to the University’s administration block on Wednesday.
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The university mentioned in the notice that the professor who teaches at the School of International Studies has violated the university’s rules of holding protest near the administration building, which is not allowed.
“You addressed a group of students on December 28, 2016, at 4.15 pm, near the steps of the administration building. This is a clear violation of the university rules, which say that all forms of coercion such as gheraos, sit-ins or any other variation of the same, which disturb the normal functioning of academic and administrative functioning of the university, are prohibited,” read the notice, reported DNA.
It added, “Peaceful and democratic forms of protests shall be conducted at a distance of 20 m away from the administrative and academic complexes.”
In response to the notice, Menon told SheThePeople.Tv, “I think the university administration cannot determine where teachers of JNU will address their students. This is an attack on our constitutional and professional freedom. Neither I nor any other teacher of JNU will accept such attempts to gag us.”
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