Small group of so-called scholars of eminence harming university: JNU

The university's response came on a plea filed by five faculty members of JNU, alleging that Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar has arrogated himself the power to make additions to the Panel of Experts, from which he would nominate experts to the Selection Committee for the purpose of faculty appointments.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:July 7, 2017 10:34 pm

JNU, jnu autonomy, jnu vc, jnu admission, jnu education, JNU chancellor, new JNU chancellor, V K Saraswat, JNU news, education news, indian expressJawaharlal Nehru University Friday told the Delhi High Court that a small group of “so called scholars of eminence” are damaging the reputation of the “great university” by alleging that the Vice Chancellor has arrogated the power of faculty recruitment.

The raking up of such issues by some faculty members “goes against the smooth functioning of an institution of higher learning and research,” the JNU said. The university’s response came on a plea filed by five faculty members of JNU, alleging that Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar has arrogated himself the power to make additions to the Panel of Experts, from which he would nominate experts to the Selection Committee for the purpose of faculty appointments.

However, the affidavit filed by the university countered the allegation stating that there was no violation of statutes and the “action taken was urgent in nature, inescapable and essential to ensure that deadline for admission process is met without any hassle.”

“In fact, in the garb of Statutes, etc. a small group of so-called scholars of eminence are bent upon damaging the well-earned reputation of this great University and trying to derail the entire recruitment process for teaching posts which the university wants to speed up because of more than 300 vacancies,” it said.

It said that the recruitment process is time consuming and “any hurdle in this process would have serious ramifications in running academic programmes.”

The submissions were made by the JNU Registrar in a status report filed before a bench of Justice Indermeet Kaur. The affidavit, filed through JNU’s counsel Monika Arora, sought the dismissal of the petition which alleged that the VC arrogated the power to himself through a resolution passed in the EC meeting on November 22 last and a December 26 meeting of the academic council.

The court has fixed the matter for further hearing on September 8. The petitioners’ counsel Vrinda Grover had claimed that the UGC Regulation unambiguously and clearly provide that the VC shall have the power to only nominate experts to the Selection Committees from the approved data base of Panel of Experts.

“The VC has no authority under the law and rules to add any name to the said panel of experts or nominate to the Selection Committee a person not already listed as an expert in the Panel of Experts as approved by the Academic Council (AC) and Executive Council (EC),” the petition said.

“The Vice Chancellor, by usurping the power to add names beyond the approved list of Panel of Experts, is acting without the authority of law and in direct contravention of the aforesaid Statutes, Rules of the JNU Act and Ordinance,” it alleged.

The petition was filed by faculty members, Bishnupriya Dutt, Jayati Ghosh, Ravi Srivastava, G Arunima and Ranjani Mazumdar.

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    RJ
    Jul 10, 2017 at 8:50 am
    The JNU faculty have been so used to treating JNU as their private leftist jihadi adda that they can't see the changes happening in the country. Their days of anti-national activities are numbered.
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      dssarma
      Jul 9, 2017 at 2:36 pm
      What this JNU doing is to breed anti nationals like Kanhiaya kumar and Sehla Rashid wtih tax payers money. I am a tax payer and I do not want Govt to spend money deducted from my tax collections to be spent on such anti national breeding. Already, most of the employers stopped hiring JNU graduates and it is waste of nations money to spend on this university. Better to close down . If not possible, better to cut off Govt aid to all these anti national and naxal students. Let them pay from their pockets.
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        Modiji
        Jul 9, 2017 at 12:13 pm
        I hate smart and educated people. I hate people who question. I only want blind faithful bakhts. I don't want intellectuals.
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          rk
          Jul 9, 2017 at 8:07 pm
          By blabbering this you wont become intellectual....fkcutard
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          B
          Jul 9, 2017 at 10:26 am
          Why do we citizens of India have to spend our taxpayer money on the losers and terrorists at JNU? Let them pay the full fees and demand whatever they want from their management.
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            Modiji
            Jul 9, 2017 at 9:59 am
            Sabki keh ke loonga..
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              Modiji
              Jul 9, 2017 at 9:58 am
              I will do what I want.. you stupid and anti national people of this country
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                sahil
                Jul 9, 2017 at 2:38 am
                Jhandelwalan nepotism udyalaya That is what jnu will become under modi
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                  S. Gowrishankar,
                  Jul 9, 2017 at 3:25 am
                  Stupid comment
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                  Ashish Gosain
                  Jul 9, 2017 at 1:38 am
                  I am a PhD Scholar at JNU. The trouble is that if so many vacancies existed why did this Govt. Not space out their recruitment. Can the Vice Chancellor's arrogation of power cure this situation ? Now the traditional character of the ins ution is going to be replaced by faculty who is not even experienced to teach in the name of filling right wingers. I mean subs uting experts will create distrust in the system of recruitment....not that the earlier situation can be entirely better. I mean what is more dangerous having bad quality faculty or having vacancies.. The ploy of this Govt. Is to fill yesmen who sing paens of praise to their policy so that criticism is reduced to a minority. As it is talking about regional or people's aspirations is anti National if it hits them... They don't seem to object to Gor nd and Maoists, when they killed Congress leaders. The centralising of power renders possibility of abuse of discretion more likely.
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                    S. Gowrishankar,
                    Jul 9, 2017 at 3:24 am
                    If you are a PhD student do your PhD. Why are you interested in this politics? What is rightwing and leftwing? Who are you to be concerned about these aspects? Is it your job to contribute to knowledge or disturbance on the campus? If cenralisation of power is going to result in abuse of power, decentralization can lead to encouraging stupid students like you and corrupt faculty will get through incompetent students like you without any scrutiny. Shut up and do your PhD. It is not your business who administers the university and how they do it. People like you should not have been given admission to the PhD in first instance. Disgusting. If you get a doctorate, we would have produced the most useless PhD ever.
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                      Vivek Nair
                      Jul 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm
                      Oo ho ho ho!!! I couldn't have said it better.
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