Delhi

JNU to explore feasibility of building satellite campus

Passes resolution; authorises V-C to set up committee

The Executive Council of Jawaharlal Nehru University on Monday passed a resolution to explore the feasibility of constructing a satellite campus outside the Capital.

“At its 276th meeting, the Council authorised Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar to set up a committee to examine and recommend measures as the JNU Act, 1966, empowers the university to establish within the Union Territory of Delhi or outside that territory Special Centres and Specialised Laboratories and such other units for research and instruction as are necessary for the furtherance of its objectives,” the university said.

New schools

Recently, the university to expand academic programmes has set up a new School of Engineering and School of Management and Entrepreneurship and has said that it plans to start more new programmes to make JNU education accessible to more number of students across the country.

Although starting new schools, the university has been finding it tough to accommodate the new students on the campus. Students from the newest School of Engineering that joined three months ago have had to attend classes at the Convention Centre of the university.

Conduct rules

The Vice-Chancellor also confirmed at the meeting that no CSS rules have been incorporated in JNU ordinances and said that a committee incharge of framing conduct rules for teaching and non-teaching employees had already been set up. The committee, the university said has been entrusted with the task of “framing regulations for conduct, disciplinary, service rules for teaching and non-teaching employees of the university for consideration of the Executive Council.

Reacting to the V-C’s confirmation that teachers have not been brought under CSS rules, the JNUTA congratulated the teaching community for showing resistance to the move as it would destroy the very nature of an academic institution.

However, the association pointed out that the mindset behind the imposition of such rules was to scuttle any difference of opinion in the university. “Even in the EC meeting, several punitive measures were taken against many teachers including those preventing them from their academic pursuits. Many teachers have been denied promotions for no reason other than the vindictive attitude of the administration towards the teachers,” the JNUTA said.

The association said that it strongly condemns undemocratic and anti-teacher actions of the JNU administration and that the teachers of JNU would continue to fight against the onslaught on the academic autonomy and democratic culture of JNU.

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