‘JNU teach­ers not in­vited to NAAC meet’

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro - Htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The NAAC peer re­view team held an in­ter­ac­tion with the “fac­ulty”, to which in­ter­est­ingly, the JNU fac­ulty at large were not for­mally in­vited.

Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (JNUTA) has al­leged that fac­ulty mem­bers were for­mally not in­vited to a meet­ing with NAAC peer re­view team.

The Na­tional As­sess­ment and Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil (NAAC) con­ducted a three-day visit to the univer­sity re­cently.

JNUTA said that con­trary to ear­lier prac­tice, when all fac­ulty mem­bers, deans and chair­per­sons were in­formed about the meet­ing with NAAC team, no one was for­mally in­formed about the Tues­day meet­ing.

“The NAAC peer re­view team pur­port­edly held an in­ter­ac­tion with the “fac­ulty”, to which in­ter­est­ingly, the JNU fac­ulty at large were not for­mally in­vited. No dean or chair­per­son was in­formed, and even the oth­er­wise ac­tive CIS did not send any “bulk­mail” to fac­ulty mem­bers for the said in­ter­ac­tion,” the teach­ers’ body said in a state­ment.

JNUTA pres­i­dent Aye­sha Kid­wai said all teach­ers get reg­u­lar e-mails and no­tices about ev­ery event in the univer­sity. “But in­ter­est­ingly, there was no e-mail from the ad­min­is­tra­tion this time,” she said.

The JNUTA said it was wil­ful and ma­li­cious de­nial of an op­por­tu­nity to fac­ulty mem­bers, in­clud­ing mem­bers of JNUTA.

JNU regis­trar Pramod Ku­mar did not re­spond to text mes­sages and phone calls.

“It de­mands that the univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tion ten­der an ex­pla­na­tion to the NAAC peer re­view team and the JNU com­mu­nity for this ‘lapse’,” the teach­ers’ body said in their state­ment.

The JNUTA said that it was a sys­tem­atic at­tempt to ex­clude JNUTA, and a bulk of JNU fac­ulty, as well as JNUSU from in­ter­ac­tion with the NAAC team.

“The wil­ful ex­clu­sion of the fac­ulty is be­cause the vice-chan­cel­lor and the ad­min­is­tra­tion was wor­ried about be­ing ex­posed to pub­lic if the NAAC team ac­tu­ally got to speak to us,” Kid­wai said.

The JNUTA said that what­ever grade JNU will get in this ex­er­cise is be­cause of teach­ers’ and stu­dents’ hard work’.

JNU V-C M Ja­gadesh Ku­mar had tweeted that the NAAC team met all stake­hold­ers and had a wide rang­ing dis­cus­sions.

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