New Delhi: Amid allegations that its administration is trying to impose Hindi as a subject in the undergraduate programmes, the JNU on Tuesday asserted that it is “unfortunate” that such “misinformation” has been circulated and said the discussion on the matter has been deferred.The Jawaharlal Nehru University said such “irresponsible” statements are “undesirable and condemnable” and clarified that the varsity administration has not taken any such decision. The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) on Monday had alleged that the varsity was trying to impose Hindi by making it a compulsory subject at the undergraduate BA and B-Tech courses. The students’ body had said one of the agenda items of the the 151st meeting of the academic council on Friday pertains to “making Hindi a compulsory subject at undergraduate level for BA and B-Tech courses”. In a statement, JNU’s Registrar Pramod Kumar said it is unfortunate that some students have been spreading misinformation in the media claiming that the JNU administration has imposed Hindi as a compulsory subject in the undergraduate programmes of the University. “Such irresponsible statements are undesirable and condemnable. It is to clarify that the JNU administration has not taken any such decision,” he said. The agenda item of the Academic Council (which the JNUSU alleged pertained to imposition of Hindi) was related to a discussion on a letter from the UGC seeking the views of the university on Hindi as a possible course in the undergraduate programmes, he added.
Mumbai: Congress leader from Maharashtra Yashomati Thakur has alleged she was stopped by the police from meeting her party’s Karnataka MLA Shreemant Patil, who is undergoing treatment at St George Hospital in south Mumbai. Patil was admitted to the government-run hospital after he complained of chest pain on Thursday -the day when Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy moved confidence motion in the Assembly of that state. Thakur, who is All India Congress Committee secretary in-charge for Karnataka, said the police deployed at the hospital stopped her from meeting Patil Friday night. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “We helped him (Patil) during the Karnataka Assembly elections (held in 2018). So, I wanted to see him at the hospital. But the police stopped me from meeting him at the behest of the state government,” Thakur told over phone. She added that Patil’s son Shreenivas was present when she visited the hospital. “He (Shreenivas), too, was against me meeting his father. He was the one who coordinated the elections preparation with us during the Karnataka polls,” she added. Politics in Karnataka has witnessed dramatic turn of events over the past few weeks with the BJP claiming the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine lacks numbers to prove majority on the floor of the House. According to sources, 15 rebel MLAs from the Congress and JD (S) are camping at a luxury hotel in Mumbai even as the confidence motion was moved earlier this week.