49 Lawmakers Write to HRD Minister Seeking JNU VC’s Ouster
Expressing concerns over the “state of affairs” at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), 49 lawmakers from different parties have written to Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar demanding removal of the varsity's Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and an inquiry against him.
In the letter, the lawmakers have raised concerns over “violations” of constitutionally mandated reservation system and prioritisation of security and surveillance over promotion of academic activities.
"We demand that an inquiry be instituted against the JNU vice-chancellors' misgovernance, and pending the inquiry, Professor Jagadesh Kumar be removed from the post of vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University," it adds.
The lawmakers, who belong to both houses of Parliament, also accused the administration of autocratic governance, undermining the integrity of the faculty selection process, harassment and victimisation of teachers and undermining students' safety and welfare.
The letter comes few days after some of the lawmakers showed solidarity with the varsity's teachers' association, which has been at the loggerheads with the administration over issues like compulsory attendance for teachers and students and library fund cuts, among others.