Jawaharlal Nehru University will be renaming its Central Library as Dr B R Ambedkar Central Library at a function today.
jawaharlal Nehru University will be renaming its Central Library as Dr B R Ambedkar Central Library at a function today.
The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) had announced that it would boycott the event which HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar was expected to address through video-conference, to raise various issues faced by the students.
Students to boycott the event
JNUSU President Mohit Pandey said, “We will boycott the video-conference of the minister as several of our questions need to be answered. We are shocked with this one-way communication in which he just wants to address students and not listen to our issues.”
Javadekar’s plan cancelled
Javadekar who was invited as the event’s chief guest cancelled his plans to attend the same due to other commitments. Now, the event would be inaugurated by Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar.
Dr B R Ambedkar Archive section
Setting up of Dr B R Ambedkar Archive section which would digitise and create a portal to help research students access collection of materials on Ambedkar, besides throwing open to students the renovated structures after adding new facilities has been scheduled on the occasion.
The Congress-affiliated National Students Union of India (NSUI) also had plans to protest on the occasion to raise the issue of research students being denied their stipends for over four months. The JNU Teachers Association too had announced a protest on the day demanding a solution for seat cuts.
In June last year, JNU gave the consent to go ahead with renaming of the varsitys central library as Dr B R Ambedkar Central Library following demands from the RSS student wing ABVP.
The ABVP which is locked in an ideological battle with the Left-backed groups on the campus had also demanded a statue of the architect of Indian Constitution be installed there.
With inputs from PTI –