Inquiry committee set up after objections raised over four faculty appointments in JNU – education

An inquiry committee will overview the current appointments of faculty members of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after a number of members of the college’s government council (EC) — the best determination-making physique — objected to their candidatures, and alleged discrepancies in the recruitment course of. .

A member of the EC, who wished to not be named, stated irregularities have been discovered in the appointment of two faculty members in the just lately established particular centre for nationwide safety, one in the centre for research in north-jap India and the opposite in the centre for media research.

All these appointments have been accomplished by way of on-line interviews between June and August, on the time when the education establishments have been bodily closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

During a gathering on September 7, a number of government council members objected to the appointment course of.

“There were two appointments in the special school of national security, which only offers PhD courses, for the posts of assistant and associate professors, respectively. While one candidate finalised by the administration for associate professor did not have the required experience of eight years, the other one selected for assistant professor was just a postgraduate degree holder. How can an assistant professor without a PhD be hired for a centre set up exclusively for PhD programmers?” stated the EC member quoted above.

In the third case, the EC members alleged {that a} candidate who was not even shortlisted by the choice committee was appointed immediately for the submit of affiliate professor in the centre for media research.

“This particular person did not even have the required experience of eight years for the post of associate professor. In the fourth case, a candidate barred by the EC from applying in JNU in 2014 on charges of plagiarism was appointed to the post of associate professor in the special centre for studies in north-eastern India. The EC objected to all these recruitments since all of them violated existing recruitment norms,” the EC member stated.

Sachidanand Sinha, an elected member of the EC, stated a number of members objected to the recruitment. “Objections were raised at least over four recruitments. A committee appointed by the EC will review these recruitments.”

Minutes of the EC assembly held on September 7, seen by HT, confirmed that three of those four appointments can be reviewed by an inquiry committee.

Dean of School of International Studies Aswini Mohapatra, who is part of the committee, stated, “We have received minutes of the EC meeting on Wednesday. There have been complaints related to some recruitments but I am yet to look into this.”

University registrar Pramod Kumar denied any irregularities. “JNU does not hire anyone before getting their names approved by the EC. We follow a rigorous process for recruitment of faculty members. A committee was constituted by the EC in August to review another appointment. The report of that committee was presented before the EC on September 7. Now the same committee has been expanded and it will review some more recruitments. However, there is no irregularity as such,” he stated.

JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) secretary Surajit Mazumdar stated, “We have been raising objections over the recruitment processes in JNU for the last few years. We have been demanding proper guidelines for online recruitments happening amid the pandemic after many irregularities were reported. There should be some SoPs for this as well,” he stated.


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