‘Appoint chairman from Linguistic Centre itself’

The Delhi High Court has quashed a decision of Jawaharlal Nehru University appointing a Persian language professor as the chairperson of the Linguistic Centre.

Justice Suresh Kait directed the Executive Council of JNU to appoint chairperson from the Linguistic Centre itself in accordance with the practice and the law.

Practice and rules

The High Court order came on a petition by a faculty member, teaching in the Linguistic Centre, contending that as per the practice and rules of the university, chairperson of a centre is to be appointed from among the professors as per seniority from the centre itself.

“I find that all the chairpersons are appointed from the same centres itself, whereas the respondent number 3 [professor] is from the Persian Centre and is appointed chairperson of the Linguistic Centre to which the petitioner belongs,” the court observed.

JNU’s counsel submitted that under the Department of Languages there are 12 centres, including the Linguistic Centre.

It claimed that the petition was premature as Professor Mazhar Asif was appointed as chairperson of the Linguistic Centre as a temporary arrangement which has to be ratified by the Executive Council in its meeting.

JNU passed an order on July 18, appointing Prof. Asif as the chairperson of the Linguistic Centre, despite not belonging to this centre.

He is already the chairperson of Persian and Central Asian Studies.

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