Retired servicemen want to return degrees to JNU

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) A group of retired servicemen have decided to return their degrees to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) over ongoing anti-national activities taking place inside the campus, a statement said on Saturday.

Ex-servicemen of the June 1978 batch of the National Defence Academy, who are proud recipients of the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from JNU have written a letter to the university’s vice chancellor and said they are unhappy at the ongoing anti-national activities like celebration of Afzal Guru inside the campus.

“We have told JNU vice chancellor that if such anti-national activity will continue then we are constrained to return our degrees,” said retired Brigadier Rakesh Chhibber who also belonged to the 1978 batch.

“We the patriotic retired officers of the 54th NDA course, feel that the present activities in the JNU campus negate the sacrifices made by the past degree holders of your esteemed university,” said the letter written by the ex-servicemen to the vice chancellor.

“We, the proud, patriotic ex-servicemen of the 54th NDA course find it difficult to be associated to a university which has become a hub of anti-national activity, and would therefore be constrained to return our prized and well earned degrees to your esteemed institution if such activities are allowed to be conducted inside the university campus,” the letter said.

A meeting was organised on Tuesday on the JNU campus where a group of students mourned the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) co-founder Maqbool Bhat and shouted anti-India slogans.

Delhi police registered a sedition case on Thursday and arrested Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar. He was later remanded to three-days police custody on Friday.

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