VC M Jagadesh Kumar's remarks came after Deepika Padukone visited JNU to extend her support to students, who were attacked by a masked mob inside the campus.
Amid calls for his resignation over the January 5 violence that ravaged JNU, Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar asked as to why celebrities are not rallying in support of the students, who are being deprived of their right to research.
“I would like to ask all those great personalities coming to support agitators, what about thousands of students and teachers who are deprived of their rights of doing research and teaching? Why can't you stand with them?” Kumar was quoted by India Today as saying.
He alleged that members of JNUSU have hindered the registration process for the new semester by blocking the way to the admissions office, pushing for a rollback of the recently announced fee hike and new hostel manual.
Kumar's remarks came a day after Deepika Padukone visited JNU in Delhi to extend her support to the students, who were attacked by a masked mob inside the varsity campus.
Other eminent Bollywood personalities who have joined protests against the attacks on JNU students are directors Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj, and Zoya Akhtar and actors Swara Bhasker, Taapsee Pannu, and Richa Chadha among others.
On the evening of January 5, a group of masked youths brandishing staffs and iron rods stormed into the varsity, vandalising three hostels and attacking teachers and students alike. Among those injured were JNU students’ union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh and professor Sucharita Sen.
While the SFI, the Left-wing student party, has blamed members of RSS-backed ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) for the attacks, the latter has junked all allegations and accused Ghosh’s party of staging the violence.
Meanwhile, VC Kumar has stated that the January 5 violence was a retaliatory attack after similar vandalism was carried out by JNUSU members in another hostel inside the campus the day before.
The varsity authorities have also alleged that the student agitations have paralysed the education system at JNU, keeping scholars from conducting researches.Get access to India's fastest growing financial subscriptions service Moneycontrol Pro for as little as Rs 599 for first year. Use the code "GETPRO". Moneycontrol Pro offers you all the information you need for wealth creation including actionable investment ideas, independent research and insights & analysis For more information, check out the Moneycontrol website or mobile app.