Another controversy hits JNU, this time over cooking and eating biryani

In yet another controversy, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)has slapped fines on four students for cooking and eating biryani near the Administrative Block on June 27, 2017, as it said this constituted ‘indiscipline’.

As per Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), it was ‘beef biryani’. However, the notice does not mention the word beef.

Fines ranged between Rs 6,000 and Rs 10,000. Warning the students to not involve in such exercise in future, the order also set a deadline of 10 days for paying the fine, failing which more stringent action would be taken.

As per the office orders issued by Chief Proctor Kaushal Kumar, dated November 8, the students have been punished under the clause: “any other act which may be considered by the Vice-Chancellor or any other competent authority to be an act of violation of discipline and conduct by the JNU statutes”.

“In a proctorial enquiry you have been found guilty of cooking food (Biryani) near the stairs in front of admin block and eating it thereafter along with other students,” the order said on the students, adding the act was serious in nature and calls for strict disciplinary action.

Out of four, three students — Chepal Sherpa, Amir Malik and Manish Kumar — have been fined Rs 6,000 each. Former JNU Students’ Union general secretary Satarupa Chakraborty has to pay a fine of Rs 10,000.

She was also punished under another clause for “leading the protest demonstration along with slogan shouting against Vice-Chancellor, administration and Professor Atul Johri, and sitting inside the V-C’s office… even after repeated requests from CSO (Chief Security Officer) and security personnel”.

On June 27, the then students’ union president Mohit Kumar Pandey and general secretary Chakraborty went to the VC’s to put forth of students’ issues and refused to leave till the VC hear them out.

Later, that they allegedly prepared ‘biryani’.

“Does a university proctor office run to monitor who cooks and eats biryani in a residential campus like the JNU where such activities are well-cherished practice, part of the culture and helped build up a community bonding among students coming from all accross the country,” Chakraborty said.

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