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Circulars aimed to threaten teaching community: JNUTA

Circulars aimed to threaten teaching community: JNUTA

New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Association (JNUTA) on Wednesday in JNU 'court meeting' revealed that many irregularities and illegality in the various circulars issued by the university administration aimed towards threatening the teaching community.

In a statement, the JNUTA alleged that when faculty members got up to ask questions on the agenda items, before they could even speak, the Vice Chancellor (VC) ridiculed them before other members of the Court. "JNUTA is compelled therefore to report the following issues to the larger teaching community and the people of this country to whom this University belongs," teachers' association said.

JNUTA said that it was 'aghast' to know the admissions details for 2018-19, which the administration recently submitted to the High Court but has not placed before the Academic Council as is statutorily required.

"In the year 2017-18, 83 per cent of the MPhil-PhD seats were cut by the JNU Administration by wrongful implementation of the UGC regulations. Even of the 290 seats offered, 131 seats were left vacant and Constitutional provisions for reservations were blatantly violated. The high court of Delhi had described this as a "national waste of capacity" and asked the University to fill the seats at the earliest. JNUTA wants to know what measures and processes have been put in place to correct this national waste," JNUTA said in the statement.

The statement further said that as per the 2018-19 admission data submitted by the university to the court, what is shocking is that the JNU administration has further violated the Constitutional provisions for reservations. "The deficit in the reserved categories (124 seats) is greater than the deficit in total admissions (98 seats). This is despite the fact that twice the number of SC candidates, thrice the number of ST candidates, and four times the number of OBCs applied, the JNU administration chose to leave the seats vacant," the JNUTA said.

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