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JNU Attendance row: University removes Seven Deans/Chairpersons for resisting mandatory attendance rule

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 15 March 2018, 12:30 IST


The Vice-Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Wednesday removed at least seven Deans/ Chairpersons who allegedly refused to comply with a new rule of 75 percent attendance compulsory in all field in their respective schools and centres.

The Indian Express reported that the varsity had set up an inquiry committee following which the top heads were removed as they refused to implement mandatory attendance order.

New delhi's JNU is rolling into headlines since early 2016, this time the controversy has over the decision of JNU authorities to make attendance mandatory for students in all field registered in the university from winter session starting from Janusary 2018.

According to The Indian Express, the paper reported that official removal orders were conveyed to the chairpersons of the Centre for French and Francophone Studies; Centre for Linguistics; Centre for Historical Studies; Centre for Economic Studies & Planning; Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Thought; and the Centre for English Studies.
According to report, a similar order was also issued to the Dean of the School of Arts & Aesthetic, Kavita Singh, on Wednesday. Signed by A D Bahuguna, Section Officer (Academic), it said, “The Executive Council in its 272nd meeting held on March 13 confirmed the decision taken in the 271st (emergency) meeting of the EC on resolution number 08 of the 144th (A) meeting of the Academic Council, held on Dec 1, 2017 regarding compulsory attendance in all regular courses, and authorised the Vice-Chancellor to replace the existing Deans of Schools/Chairpersons of Centres who have not complied with, or refused to, implement the attendance system in the university, with the Acting Deans/Chairpersons.”

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA) last month made a protest against the circular issued by the JNU making 75 per cent attendance mandatory for availing fellowships, scholarships and other facilities including a hostel for students in all courses, including research, demanding a withdrawal.

"We will take up creative ways to intensify the protest and go out and meet people of influence outside the university, including MPs and officials from MHRD," JNUTA president Sonajharia Minz said.

According to report, a senior university official had on Tuesday told The Indian Express, “Teachers and students have every right to democratically protest any issue but if Chairpersons and Deans begin to oppose in writing, it goes against the grain of administration.”

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First published: 15 March 2018, 12:30 IST