JNU's decision to expel a PhD scholar

The Delhi High Court, in a recent decision, reversed JNU’s decision to expel a PhD scholar. The decision was taken reviewing it’s lack of factual correctness. It was also against lawful protocols. HC further informed all educational institutions to follow statutory procedures. This will reinforce disciplines on their premises.

HC orders to abide by protocols

The court will not withhold any student unjustly. The court warned that such an expulsion would only occur if the student was actually at fault. That is, they are complicit in disruptive activities. We must ensure adequate proof to support the claim. Only here will victory in a judicial battle embolden them. The institution must be serious about instilling discipline. They must ensure strict compliance with laws for the betterment of the students. They must ensure statutory protocols for inquiries and punishments.

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JNU’s decision to expel a PhD scholar

The PhD student rusticated from the hostel grounds was Swati Singh. She was rusticated on November 8, 2023. Swati was a student at the Center for Russian Studies. She was alleged guilty of manhandling a woman guard. At the gate of JNU’s Convention, she was discovered misbehaving with the security personnel. This was reported on August 29, 2023.
She challenged the university’s orders. By citing 15 show-cause notices and penalties for protest involvement against fee hikes and mandatory attendance, she pitched her case. JNU issued these rulings.

Refrain from promoting political preferences

The court noted that educational institutions must refrain from promoting partisan politics. It was emphasized that campuses should not serve as platforms for political agendas. Instead, they should focus on their primary function. Institutes should be serious about upholding discipline in their institutions. They have to ensure the strict compliance of inquiries and punishments in case of any discrepant behavior. Strict compliance with statutory procedures is mandatory.

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Recommended protocols must be followed

He has to take such action following the recommended compliance in this regard. It was a third case in the past two weeks. He had to yet again meddle with the institute’s decision on punishment for students. He has imposed strict checks on the disruptive actions of students before they are deemed guilty. Authorities should not be casual or lenient about state protocol.

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