Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is now asking its students to surrender their right to protest. The matter was brought to light when a copy of the undertaking was released on social media. According to the order, students have been asked to give an undertaking stating that they “will not indulge in any strike or dharna or agitation or coercive action in future in connection with the issue as per the direction of the Hon’ble High Court in the aforesaid order.”
The order seems to be a reference to the Delhi High Court Order from August 2017, where the students were asked to not hold protests within 100 metres of the administrative block. However, the order does not restrict students from participating in protests or dharnas and was essentially a move to allow JNU to run its offices even when demonstrations and protests were held on campus. The court had also said back then that they could use places that were assigned for staging protests. It was instructed that the entry of police into the campus should be avoided at any cost saying that “they are students, not criminals.
The new order has come in the wake of the 2018 JNU admissions that was slated to be released on 15 July.