Varsity teachers’ association welcomes High Court order

‘Integrity of recruitment process was hugely compromised’

Welcoming the High Court ruling saying new faculty appointments must be routed through the Academic Council and Executive Council, the JNUTA in a statement said that it makes it very clear to the JNU Vice-Chancellor that there must be full implementation of the order.

JNUTA said the integrity of the faculty recruitment process in JNU’s has been hugely compromised by the manifold illegalities committed by the V-C and that JNU teachers have been relentless in their opposition. “This order of the High Court has put the indelible stamp of justice on our efforts. But in the face of wilful errancy by a rogue administration, including defiance of court orders, the need of the hour is for all teachers to stand in defence of the JNU Act more than ever before,” the JNUTA said.

JNUTA said that the Academic Council must be allowed to discuss names of the experts in a manner accessible to its entire statutorily-defined membership. “Members must be allowed full opportunity to discuss, reject, or approve any such name. Such an AC meeting must be scheduled and conducted in full accordance with the JNU Act and Regulation M1 and not before schools and centres have had adequate opportunity to express a view on the additions to their database of experts,” the JNUTA said.

It added that centres and schools must be mandatorily informed about the names that have been added to the panel of experts they had recommended to the 141st Academic Council so that the centres can have a comprehensive discussion about the experts before taking these names to the Academic Council for approval.

The teachers, in their statement, reminded the V-C that “no selection committees can be constituted that include experts added to the panels by the V-C without AC approval,” the JNUTA said.

As regards appointments already made through an illegal procedure,the JNUTA said it is extremely unfortunate that the university administration did not officially inform the selected candidates about the ongoing legal proceedings challenging the procedure of their appointments.

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