Student poster displaying a clear understanding of Foucault and surveillance. Compulsory attendance is really not needed at JNU!
Let us begin with a basic fact. The diktat on compulsory attendance in JNU is only a symptom of the larger, continuing crisis created by the utterly dictatorial style of functioning of this Vice Chancellor.
Professor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar has, since his taking over in January 2016:
- openly flouted every statute and regulation of the university
- shut down admissions almost entirely for the 2017 academic year
- violated the law of the land, that is, constitutional provision for reservations
- failed to implement JNU’s Deprivation Point system that attempts to bring about representation for students from a diversity of class, regional and caste backgrounds
- shut down the country’s oldest functioning Committee on Sexual Harassment (GSCASH)
- brazenly cooked up and manipulated Minutes of meeting after meeting of the Academic Council and
- treated faculty and students of JNU as his enemies to be defeated by the naked use of authoritarian power.