Following are the Resolutions adopted in the Emergency General Body Meeting held on 27 March 2018:
- The JNUTA GBM strongly condemns police brutality on students and teachers participating in a peaceful JNUTA-JNUSU Padyatra on March 23, 2018. Numerous students were assaulted and gravely hurt, these very students have been slapped with FIR with serious charges. A few teachers were also hit and injured during the police action. The General body notes with dismay the callously indifferent attitude of the university administration towards this treatment meted out to students and teachers.
- The JNUTA GBM strongly condemns the Police brutality on the journalists covering the JNUTA March on 23rd March 2018. We express solidarity with the journalists assaulted by the Delhi Police and express our appreciation for their coverage to our concerns and issues, as well as a truthful account of the events and brutal police action that brought the long march to an end well before its destination.
- The General body notes with deep dismay that the legitimate demands of the teachers are being called unreasonable and illegal in repeated and threatening communications from the Registrar. There is no sign whatsoever that the administration is interested in resolving the crises. On the contrary, they seem to be intent on deepening the crises.
- The GBM is of the view that JNU administration through its numerous undemocratic and arbitrary fiats has already undermined the academic autonomy and rigour enshrined in the JNU Act 1966. Now in the name of ‘autonomy’ the university’s inclusive policy of social justice and the CEI Act 2006 ensuring the access of students from the marginalised sections of the society will be completely compromised.
In keeping with our concerns and efforts towards restoring and maintaining the academic culture of JNU, this GBM resolves to ‘Continue the Boycott of illegal and undemocratic circulars including attendance but Continue Teaching’ from Monday 1 April 2018. However, the GBM also resolved that classes can also be held in protest mode along with other academic-research work till democratic deliberative process in the university resumes. JNUTA will coordinate with JNUSU to propose a workable plan for carrying on academic work while continuing and intensifying a multi-pronged struggle.
- The GBM resolved to constitute a committee to look into the ‘graded autonomy’ issue to come up with a document on ‘graded autonomy’ which has been imposed on the JNU and other universities.
- The JNUTA GBM resolves to revise the salaries of the day care centre staff. The JNUTA Executive is to take appropriate action so as to ensure that the staff at day care centre are paid as per the minimum wages rules.
- Extra classes can begin from Thursday onwards through the holidays including over forthcoming weekend
- Monday, 2nd April, 2018 onwards classes in protest mode. Classes outside classrooms–lawns, parking lots, JNUTA office etc.
- Cultural and academic protest events at Satyagraha Chowk
- Seeking appointments with the JNU administration continually to discuss the JUNTA demands.
- Dialogue with the JNUSU and also the students who have locked down the school buildings
- Public contact through pamphlets/handbills, protest events, discussions, exhibitions outside the campus.
ADVOCACY WITH THE Visitor (the PRESIDENT), THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT MINISTERS AND OFFICIALS, PARLIAMENTARIANS AND THE UGC
- JNUTA to approach NHRC, DCW, NCW with complaints against the police brutality on the March to Parliament
- Follow-up with Chairperson UGC on 26th March, 2018 meeting.
- Advocacy with MPs and leaders of all political parties on the two main planks—UGC’s Graded Autonomy Notification and Removal of Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar.
- Meeting with the President of India in his capacity as the Visitor of University on all JNU matters and demand removal of the Vice Chancellor.
COORDINATE WITH TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND UNIONS OF OTHER UNIVERSITIES ACROSS INDIA
- In challenging the Graded Autonomy the prime question to be posed to them would be, “Why can the students coming from poor and marginalised backgrounds not study in the universities accredited highly by NAAC?”.
- Teams will be set up to take up responsibilities for this mobilisation. JNUTA EC requests colleagues to volunteer to help take this action plan forward.
The resolutions and action plan were approved unanimously by the general body.