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JNU Faculty Reservation Scuffle Still Continues
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The entanglement over reservation in faculty in Jawaharlal Nehru University's (JNU) campus continues.


Last Updated: 2010-02-19T23:31:33+05:30

JNU Faculty Reservation Scuffle Still Continues

New Delhi: The faculty reservation brawl in Jawaharlal Nehru University's (JNU) campus continues with the Executive Council (EC) members losing their temper, due to the proceedings of the last EC meeting on January 12, 2010, accusing the administration of misrepresenting the unity on the reservation issue of the Academic Council (AC).
 
As per sources, in a circular by the university administration, it clearly states that except at the entry point of assistant professor, the reservation in higher faculty is first to be discussed by all schools / centres before the AC meets. B. B Bhattacharya, JNU Vice-Chancellor (VC) has received a note from the EC member P. Sainath pointing out that more than one member questioned the purpose of referring the matter to the AC during the meeting of the EC. He also said that it is contemptible to find the proceedings of EC's meeting and dismisses its idea of cancelling its earlier resolutions.
 
Further, Mr Sainath expressed his objection to the circular and said that the execution of the reservation policy of the government lies in the hands of the executive and administrative staff, it is in no way in the hands of the academic. To discuss withholding of information from EC, Sainath demanded another EC meeting as he claimed that it was not told that a case has been up in Supreme Court for JNU by Citizens for Equality challenging University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines on reservation.
 

In his earlier letter to the VC, Sainath had opposed the issue where he mentioned that reserving seats in the higher faculty is atypically the mingling of class arrogance and caste hatred. Aditya Mukherjee, Professor in History, in the meanwhile circulated a letter on February 14, 2010, opposing the reservation in higher faculty like associate professor and professor.

- By Madiha Wasi
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