Following the circular regarding compulsory attendance, Students of two departments in Jawaharlal Nehru University boycotted classes on Tuesday.
Students from the School of International Studies and School of Languages did not turn up for their classes after the JNU Students Union gave a call for boycotting lectures.
“Students boycotted their classes and attendance to give a firm message to teachers who are coercing students to give attendance and the JNU Vice-Chancellor, who is trying to impose an illegal policy measure which was never part of or was discussed in the Academic Council meeting,” the union said in a statement.
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The Union has also called for a boycott of classes on many other departments in JNU which includes School of Social Sciences, Arts and Aesthetics and those of the science department.
“Students complied on their own with the strike. Barring one or two no one attended classes. The boycott was observed throughout,” Yashaswani Sehrawat, an international studies scholar at the varsity.
The current protest is against JNU administration making it mandatory that every student should acquire 75% attendance to appear for the exam.
Scholars are refusing to comply with the order calling it against the JNU culture and arguing that making them lecture-bound would hamper the otherwise free flow of knowledge.