In a circular released by Jawaharlal Nehru University, the central institution announced that their student union polls will be held six to eight weeks after the commencement of PhD classes for the new session.
For the past four years, no polls for the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) were conducted. Hours post the student body’s call for a “university strike” on January 30, the university released a notification announcing the tentative time for the conduction of the polls on Tuesday.
The notification read, “This is to bring to the kind notice of all concerned that the JNU Students Union Elections 2023-24 will be held between six to eight weeks after the commencement of the academic session for PhD students i.e. February 2, 2024.”
JNU’s student body had written to their administration to organise the student union elections and repeal the Central Proctor Office manual and the disciplinary action against students. They wrote to Vice-Chancellor Santishree D Pandit and the Dean of Students on January 15 and 17 respectively:
“Despite repeated representations to your office regarding JNUSU elections and revocation of the CPO manual and proctorial inquiries, there has been no written communication or response to the same.”
The letter further said that the students would resort to conducting an absolute non-cooperation movement if no notification was released by February 2nd.