October 23, 2018 1:14:32 am
The recommendation by Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Academic Council to adopt Central Civil Services (CCS) rules for teachers was Monday set aside by the university’s Executive Council (EC), which has decided to set up a committee to frame its own conduct rules.
The JNU Teachers’ Association said it was a “victory” for them, and that the decision was taken because of pressure put on the administration.
“The JNU EC resolved to expedite the process of framing of conduct rules for teaching and non-teaching employees and the Vice-Chancellor underlined the fact that a committee in charge of framing such rules had already been set up. The committee has been entrusted with the task of ‘framing regulations for conduct/disciplinary/service rules for teaching and non-teaching employees of the university for consideration of the EC’. The V-C has also confirmed that no CCS rules have been incorporated in JNU ordinances,” Registrar Pramod Kumar said in a statement.
The JNU administration had earlier defended the implementation of CCS rules, arguing that the JNU EC in 2011, and the UGC in a letter in May, had said the university should follow government of India rules in service matters where its own rules were silent. The CCS rules are applicable on government servants and prohibit them from making anti-government statements and being members of political associations, among other things.
An EC member claimed, “Even though CCS rules were not adopted, the general attitude of the administration remains the same. They have decided to take punitive action against several teachers who they see as dissenters for various things, including not taking attendance or asking leave for conference, etc. The EC also decided to reduce the term of elected representatives in the EC from two years to one year, and has notified elections for them, even though the term of the current elected representatives finishes in a few days.”
JNUTA secretary Sudhir Kumar Suthar said, “We consider it our victory, because the administration was trying to threaten teachers through these rules… The administration should now take back notices sent to teachers citing CCS rules, since they become null and void.” He also said the university should make terms of reference of the committee that has been set up public.
The EC has also decided to set up a ‘satellite campus’ outside the capital.
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