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What transpired between students and Jamia V-C in today’s meeting?

The peaceful protest march as announced a few days ago by Jamia Millia Islamia students for restoration of democracy on the campus with students union being suspended since 2016 ended peacefully with a 10-member student delegation meeting Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad and other university officials on Thursday.

A student, who was part of the delegation that met the V-C and other senior university officials, said the issue was discussed and the V-C told them about the subject being sub-judice. Also, the students submitted a memorandum.

MPhil student Naqi Mohd, who was part of delegation, said the V-C cited legal reasons for not holding students union election. But the university administration agreed to look into the legal matter regarding it, he said.

Confirming the receipt of the memorandum for reinstating the students union, Professor Ahmad told PTI that though he does not have any issue in reinstating the students union but he cannot take a decision because the matter was sub-judice.

“When the matter is in court, I cannot take decisions that would end up in contempt of court,” he said, adding that the students were informed about the aspect of legal issue.

“The administration doesn’t have any issue in restoring the students union if there is no legal issue. But also a large section of students are not willing for students union, instead they feel Subject Association as an alternative and effective mechanism which is already in existence for the past few years,” the official said.

However, students continue to stick to their earlier demand. Students said they will now meet with DSW on October 10 to know final answer of administration after which further course of action will be decided, said students in a statement issued by them.

It was a few days ago when various student bodies, including the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti, All India Students’ Association, Jamia Students’ Forum and DISSC, came together to form JAC.

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