The JNUTA is shocked to hear about the sudden demise of one of our students, Mayank Mayur, who was a second year PhD student of The Centre of Russian Studies (CRS), School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies (SLL&CS). We offer our sincere condolences to Mayank’s family and friends.

This sad incident brings to focus the huge gap between the basic health support requirement of the community living on the campus and its availability in the JNU health centre. In particular, there is an urgent need for 24-hour support for emergency cases, with upgraded facilities. For the size of the campus, two ambulances, out of which one is unequipped with an oxygen support system, is clearly inadequate. It has also come to our notice that services of specialists that were available in the JNU health centre on designated days have been withdrawn since the COVID period and have not been restored since. A well-functioning and efficient health service on campus is especially crucial for students coming from constrained economic backgrounds to the campus.

We strongly urge the JNU administration to revamp the health support system available in the JNU Health Centre on priority basis.

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