Dissent Welcome, Not False Propaganda: JNU Vice-Chancellor To School

Dissent Welcome, Not False Propaganda: JNU Vice-Chancellor To Faculty

He stated the governance system of the college had solely strengthened the final 5 years. (File)

New Delhi:

JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar Wednesday got here down closely on a bit of lecturers of the college, accusing them of spreading misinformation to serve their “false propaganda”, days after they alleged he weakened the college’s distinctive character by “arbitrary” choices.

He additionally asserted that if “anybody” claims that the college has not progressed within the final 5 years, “they’re among the many individuals who wish to see the college get destroyed”.

“This small set of school members, they’re indulging in all types of false propaganda to wreck the picture of the college. I feel, time has come to inform them to come back again and give attention to their lecturers and all of us ought to work in the direction of attaining tutorial excellence in our college,” Mr Kumar informed information company PTI.

Mr Kumar’s five-year controversial tenure because the VC got here to an finish on January 26, however the authorities has requested him to proceed until a successor his discovered.

Whereas he didn’t share as to by when an everyday VC will probably be appointed, he stated he would proceed to carry the workplace till a substitute comes.

“The JNU act states that the present vice chancellor will proceed in workplace till the brand new Vice Chancellor takes over. So we’re merely following the statute of the college,” he stated.

“The chief council has to decide on two consultants, they usually’re given to the ministry. We now have accomplished our job. So, regardless of the course of that takes place, that the ministry will maintain,” he stated.

Rejecting the considerations raised by the JNUTA about his tenure, Mr Kumar stated the governance system of the college had solely strengthened within the final 5 years.

“If anyone is saying that this college has not progressed, they’re misrepresenting, and it’s only these individuals who wish to see this college destroyed — it’s only these people who find themselves spreading this misinformation,” he stated.

“Over the last 5 years, we have now been following all of the college statutes, laws and ordinances in letter and spirit. And we have now additionally been following all of the UGC notifications and guidelines. And that is what has strengthened the governance system within the college,” he stated.

In response to him, the admission course of, which is being taken care of by the Nationwide Testing Company (NTA) for the previous few years, had made the train “clear and accessible”.

“The truth is, as a part of the Nationwide Schooling Coverage, a lot of the entrance examinations in future will probably be performed by the NTA. So, I fail to know their logic, why they’re (JNUTA) in opposition to JNU working with NTA to conduct the doorway examinations,” he stated.

Speaking about JNUTA’s opposition to the institution of administration and engineering schools, the VC stated, the transfer was meant to “broaden the educational applications of the college”.

“Please perceive that we aren’t beginning one other engineering school. It’s a very distinctive programme — a twin diploma, a 5 12 months diploma program the place the scholars research each primary engineering, in addition to of their grasp’s diploma — social sciences, languages. It is a very distinctive experiment,” he stated.

“The truth is, we’re three years forward of the nationwide training coverage in implementing this program as a result of the NEP too talks about multidisciplinary training,” he stated.

He added that whether or not it was selecting consultants within the college choice committees or the appointment of chairpersons and deans, every part was being accomplished in a “clear” method, and in compliance with the college statutes.

Mr Kumar stated that barring this “small cross-section of school members”, your entire pupil and instructor neighborhood of JNU “was very a lot appreciative of a lot of reforms that we have now carried out, whether or not they’re tutorial reforms, or administrative reforms”.

Amongst these reforms was the web functioning of the college, he stated.

“At present you do not see any paper information coming to any of our workplaces and your entire scholarship course of, your entire submission of the PhD thesis and the viva — every part is made on-line,” Mr Kumar stated.

He additionally added that with the doorway examinations occurring within the MCQ format, the admission course of had develop into “extra clear”.

“We must always see the optimistic facet of know-how and quite than sitting in a time capsule, which is able to take you again,” he stated.

Responding to the JNUTA’s allegation that it was beneath him that the lecturers for the primary time didn’t obtain their salaries on time, for the month of February, he stated, “Sure, there was a delay of at some point. Yesterday, all of the workers members had been issued their salaries. And as we speak, we have already got acquired the funds from UGC in our financial institution. And the salaries are being dispersed to all people.”

Mr Kumar stated that whereas he was welcoming of “dissent, and protests”, he’s cautious of spreading “false propaganda”.

“We respect dissent, we respect protests. We wish to present each alternative for them to freely categorical their opinions, however, there’s a distinction between people who find themselves perpetually creating confusion by spreading false propaganda, and people who wish to genuinely categorical their disagreement with one thing,” he stated.

“So we have to separate these two. This college is thought for debate dialogue, and freedom of expression, and we’ll proceed to guard that,” he stated.

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