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Professor Emeritus row: JNU says to make process broad-based

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New Delhi, Sep 5: Reacting to Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) demand of tendering a personal apology to historian Romila Thapar for asking her to submit her CV, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Wednesday said no single emeritus professor has been targetted and that the goal was to make the process of selection of the emeritus professor more broad based.

In a statement issued here following a controversy on the issue, the University said JNUTA’s reaction was part of a 'motivated campaign' to ‘defame administrative reforms and application of rules’.

In a response to JNUTA demand of tendering a personal apology to historian Romila Thapar for asking her to submit her CV and and retraction of letters sent to 12 Professors Emeriti, the varsity said ,'the JNU administration reiterates that no single emeritus professor has been targetted, as has been falsely alleged, and that it has only sought to implement a rule that is part of the university's ordinance.'

The controversy arose after Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) sent a letter to historian Romila Thapar asking her to submit her CV.

Professors HS Gill, CK Varshney, SD Muni, Ashok Sanjay Guha, Asis Datta, R Rajaraman, Romila Thapar, Yogendra Singh, D Banerji, TK Oommen, Amit Bhaduri and Shiela Bhalla had been sent letters by JNU, as they attained the age of 75 before March 31, 2019.

“The goal was to make the process broad based , time bound and rule- based selection, so that the emeritus professors are appointed across disciplines and schools in the university.

Currently, there are 21 emeritus professors in JNU —17 from social sciences and humanities and four from sciences. One can see that there is a huge skew in the earlier appointments of Emeritus professors,” the JNU statement said.

“ Many faculty members who could have positively guided upcoming researchers have missed out in the past from being appointed as an Emeritus Professor and the objective was to set up an age limit so that justice is given to the deserving retired faculty members,” it said.

“A motivated campaign was soon launched using the name of one emeritus professor, among many, primarily to find fault with a new rule that was made part of the Academic rules and regulations of the university much earlier,” the JNU said. (UNI)