New Delhi: The Jawarharlal Nehru University administration is facing criticism over its latest decision to close the entrance gate of School of International Studies by 6 pm. Safety of students and prevention outsiders has been cited as the reasons for the said move.
The University administration was excoriated by the Left-affiliated All India Students’ Association (AISA) on Tuesday, October 22 calling the decision to be “curtailing students” freedom.
As per the notice, the main entrance of the SIS-1 will be closed at 6 pm. While the gate which connects the SIS-1 to SIS-2 building will be opened remain open between 6 pm and 9 pm for students entering the reading room, only students with an “identity cards” will be able to avail the facility.
According to a News18 report, AISA claimed that the students received a notice on Tuesday morning from JNU administration about closing timings for the main gate and the common room space.
“This JNU VC has miserably failed to provide us with proper infrastructure to study. And the spaces which are still used by student community for reading are also being made inaccessible,” the student party alleged.
Speaking over AISA’s allegations, Professor Aswini Kumar Mohapatra, dean of SIS, said, the building has four entrances and it is difficult to monitor the entrance of students.
He said, “Last Sunday, a man and a woman had entered the building and when they were confronted, it was found they are outsiders. The ID cards will be checked if students want to come and study. The move is aimed at ensuring the security of students and to avert any untoward incident and also to ensure outsiders are not able to enter”.