SC, ST faculty members at JNU allege discrimination
NEW DELHI: Dozens of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe faculty members in Jawaharlal Nehru University have accused Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar of caste-based discrimination and voiced their "deep anguish" in a memorandum filed on Wednesday.
As many as 50 teachers cited several instances of discrimination by the executive council (EC), the varsity's highest decision-making body that Kumar heads, in their memorandum.
"It is submitted that we the SC/ST faculty of JNU are in deep anguish over the blatant discrimination meted out to the faculty and non-teaching staff of the SC/ST members of this University. Several cases of blatant discrimination have been dispensed by your esteemed office, as well as by the administration under your leadership," the memorandum said.
The memorandum cited denial of promotion to Satya Brata Das from the Centre of English Studies in the School of Languages to the post of professor, on the ground that he did not guide a PhD research scholar.
Rules framed by University Grants Commission, the higher education regulator, for career advancement do not require a faculty member to have guided a PhD student to be eligible for promotion to the rank of a professor.
"In the past, the EC has even reversed a 'reject' decision of a Selection Committee in the case of other non-SC/ST faculty.
"However, we wish to point out that in the case of an SC/ST candidate, the EC, under your chairpersonship, has taken a negative decision in spite of the non-negative decision of the Selection Committee," the memorandum said.