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JNU Fines Four Students for Preparing Biryani Near Admin Block

According to a notice issued by the chief proctor, fines between Rs 6,000 and Rs 10,000 have been slapped on the students who allegedly prepared biryani near the building in June.

A view on the JNU campus. Credit: Kiran Jonnalagadda/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

The JNU campus. Credit: Kiran Jonnalagadda/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University authorities have slapped fines on four students for flouting rules of the institution by preparing biryani near the administration block.

According to a notice issued by chief proctor Kaushal Kumar, fines between Rs 6,000 and Rs 10,000 have been slapped on the four students who allegedly prepared biryani near the building in June.

“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 told the students, adding the act was serious in nature and calls for strict disciplinary action.

Warning the students not be involved in such an exercise in the future, the order also set a deadline of ten days for paying the fine, failing which more stringent action would be taken.

The chief proctor of the university was not available for comment.

To penalise the students, the order invoked a clause in the university’s rules that deals with any act that may be considered by the vice-chancellor or any other competent authority to be a violation of discipline and conduct.

One of the students, former JNUSU general secretary Satarupa Chakraborty, who was slapped a fine of Rs 10,000, was also found guilty for holding a protest demonstration and shouting slogans in the VCs office on the same day.

On June 27, the then students union president Mohit Kumar Pandey and general secretary Chakraborty went to the VCs office to put forth students issues and refused to leave till the VC heard them out. Later that day, 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 across the country?” Chakraborty said.