Don’t want interference on campus: JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar
Breaking his silence over the controversy that brought Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) into national political spotlight, JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar told ET he doesn’t “desire any external interference” on his campus and wants all differences “to be tackled intellectually”.
“Differences of opinion need to be tackled intellectually. As a teacher and an administrator, I would like to moderate and sensitise the students about this,” Kumar told ET in an exclusive interview. He also underlined the autonomy of his institution and assured that its internal mechanisms were capable of handling the current episode.
“JNU is an autonomous organisation and it can solve its challenges using its internal mechanisms. Like any other university, we do not desire any external interference,” Kumar said, suggesting that JNU Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar and his colleagues will be taken to task for breaching discipline by going ahead with the February 9 event despite the authorities denying permission.