Kavita Singh, Dean of the School of Arts & Aesthetics (SAA) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, was among the six people who was on Tuesday awarded the Infosys Prize. The Professor, who is still awaiting a congratulatory message from the Vice-Chancellor or any senior member of the administration, has previously been in the news for being removed as the Dean of her school for not following attendance norms. She has also been barred from attending Academic Council (AC) meetings.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Singh said the university’s punitive actions towards her have been continuing, with her application for leave for a fellowship and position of visiting faculty-ship abroad being turned down by the JNU administration.
Singh, an art historian, was given the award for her “extraordinarily illuminating study of Mughal, Rajput and Deccan art as well as her insightful writing on the historical function and role of museums and their significance in the increasingly fraught and conflicted social world in which visual culture exists today”.
“It came like a bolt from the blue, because they did not even ask me for my updated CV or give any indication that I was being considered. I received a phone call to congratulate me and inform me that I couldn’t reveal it, till an official announcement was made. Since I’ve won the award, I haven’t received a word of congratulations from the Vice-Chancellor — whom I personally wrote to inform of the news — or any senior administrative official, barring the director of admissions. The information hasn’t even been uploaded on the JNU website,” she said.
The V-C, Registrar and Rector-I did not respond to calls and texts by The Indian Express.