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Union HRD secretary gives personal assurance to JNU students; but protests continue | India News


NEW DELHI: The Union human resource development secretary Amit Khare on Thursday personally met the students of JNU and heard their grievances extensively. The Union HRD secretary also assured the students of discussing their issues with the JNU administration and meeting them again. However, the students, who have been demanding the removal of vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, went ahead with their planned protest march to Rashtrapati Bhavan.
“Whatever has happened in the last few days is extremely sad. Students have a list of grievances. The teachers also have grievances against the administration, we are trying to resolve all of them,” Amit Khare told news agency ANI after meeting a delegation of JNU students and teachers.
“I have called the Jawaharlal Nehru University VC and team tomorrow morning. I have also offered the students that I will be meeting them again tomorrow regarding their demands. Such incidents should not re-occur,” he added.
Despite this significant outreach of the government, the JNU students went ahead with their protest march towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan, said the government sources.
Reacting to this, the sources said that this clearly exposes the intentions of the protesting students.
“Is it not apparent that the protesters do not want a solution but only want to play politics?” the sources questioned, citing the HRD secretary’s efforts.
Earlier today, JNU students tried to march towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan protesting the violence on university campus. They were stopped by the police and later detained.
The police also resorted to baton charge to control the mob who tried to block the traffic at Janpath. Using loud speakers, the police also appealed to the crowd to maintain peace.
On January 5, more than 30 students of the university, including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, were injured and taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre after a masked mob entered the varsity and attacked them and professors with sticks and rods.
A section of the students and teachers are demanding the removal of JNU vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar. The HRD ministry has ruled this out saying sacking the VC is not the solution and the government’s focus is to address the main issues that have cropped up on the campus.

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