India News | JNU Teachers’ Association urges new VC to engage in transparent dialogue processes

New Delhi, Feb 08 (PTI) Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA) has called on new Vice Chancellor Santishree D Pandit to “restore the sanctity” of statutory bodies and engage in processes dialogical decision-making processes for “peaceful and productive tenure”.

Professor Santishree D Pandit was appointed Vice Chancellor of JNU on Monday.

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She succeeds Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar, who has had a controversial tenure and students and teachers have often criticized him for several issues.

“The long wait for a new Vice-Chancellor for Jawaharlal Nehru University is finally over…As head of the university, JNUTA specifically requests him to restore the sanctity of the statutory bodies, to engage in transparent dialogical decision-making processes, respect the principle of rotational seniority in the appointment of deans and presidents,” the faculty body said.

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JNUTA’s statement also urged her to maintain tight financial control in all administrative matters and to ensure the implementation of strong regulatory mechanisms to maintain checks and balances, “so that the next five years of her tenure be peaceful, productive and academically conducive to the wide range of opinions that a university like JNU produces”.

Pandit is the university’s first female vice-chancellor.

JNUTA said it will make demands to the new administration to ensure non-partisan administration and restore teaching and learning activities in accordance with the university’s statutes and ordinances.

“As the elected body of teachers, JNUTA will continue to exercise critical vigilance on all matters related to the welfare of the university,” he said.

Meanwhile, the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) said it was denied a meeting with the new vice-chancellor.

“Today, along with other SU members, I reached the JNU VC office to meet with her and deliver a charter of demands on behalf of the student community. We wanted to highlight the issues, in the hope for a discussion. We were refused entry, despite VC’s assurances of working with the students,” JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh said in a tweet.

Representatives of the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) JNU unit met the Vice Chancellor to welcome her.

“AbVP-JNU welcomes Professor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit Ma’am as JNU Vice-Chancellor. ABVP JNU President @Shivam_JNU and Secretary @_RohitJNU welcomed Ma’am with a Tulsi plant and a bouquet We look forward to his tenure to provide a better academic vibe,” ABVP said in a tweet.

Former JNUSU President N Sai Balaji alleged that he was allowed to register for the new semester because he failed to pay a fine for allegedly defacing campus walls.

Following a judicial investigation, Balaji was convicted of sticking posters on the campus wall and fined Rs 6,000 in October last year. He was ordered to pay the fine within 10 days, but he did not.

“The old VC fined me along with other student activists for putting up posters claiming this was ‘campus defacement’. The new VC denied me admission for not not paying the fine! JNU has a long legacy of talking walls for students. Now it’s a crime to continue the legacy!” he alleged in a Facebook post.

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Andrew B. Reiter