Shut down JNU if not one way then another? JNUTA statement on UGC regulations

JNU administration has drastically cut intake into the university for the next academic session and perhaps for years to come, using the UGC ‘caps’ on research as a pretext. JNU Teachers’ Association demonstrates conclusively here through a survey of 46 Central Universities, that barring a handful which have definitively adopted them, most others are still operating with other Regulations based on the preceding 2009 version. And even the few universities that have adopted them, barring JNU, have implemented modifications by way of harmonisation with the statutes, objects, and past practices of the institutions.

JNU not being targeted using the UGC Regulations as a pretext? Right.

Over the past few weeks we have been told that the mandatory nature of the UGC Regulations require them to be implemented by universities immediately and in a chapter-and- verse fashion. JNUTA’s survey of 46 Central Universities however shows that barring a handful who have definitively adopted them, most others are still operating with other Regulations based on the preceding 2009 version. And for even the few universities that have adopted them, barring JNU, modifications in the way of harmonisation with the statutes, objects, and past practices of the institution have inevitably resulted.

Table 1 presents the facts of 46 Central Universities, the year of their founding, and the research programmes they take admission to. To determine whether they had adopted the 2016 UGC Regulations, we examined the Ordinances and notifications on the university website in order to detect its adoption. (The value label unclear is to mark the cases where no explicit information of either type was posted on the university’s website.)CENTRAL UNIVS WITH UGC 2016CENTRAL UNIVS WITH UGC 2016

Taking just a few crucial parameters, we find that amongst those universities who have adopted the UGC Regulations 2016, each one of them barring JNU has tried to harmonise them with past practices, standards of fairness of examination and good research.

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In fact, the University of Hyderabad, which has more or less a chapter and verse interpretation of the Regulations has decided through its Academic Council, not to reduce intake and has asked the UGC for clarifications.

It is JNU’s tragedy that we have an administration that refuses to stand up for the university in any fora, that refuses to hold an Academic Council meeting, and has implemented a completely unwarranted cull of seats for admissions and the adoption of crippling and illegal eligibility conditions for applications to various programmes, particularly in the science schools. UGC Regulations are being used merely as a pretext to cripple the research programmes of JNU.

See the post on JNUTA’s website.

5 thoughts on “Shut down JNU if not one way then another? JNUTA statement on UGC regulations

  1. Dinesh Shah

    RSS has a toxic aversion for Congress and Sonia Gandhi. To spite both they are ready to cut the country i.e. India with thousand cuts. They are determined to split the country into many parts by harassing Dalits and minorities.so that they would seek to establish another country of their own and RSS will. It have no competition to bother. A small trumpeted country is preferable for them than an intact India with Muslims and other minorities in it.

  2. K SHESHU BABU

    The indications are ominous ..one eay or the other , the government is trying to erase ‘ Jawaharlal Nehru ‘ from the list of universities …!!

  3. Anubhuti

    Dear maam, with all due respect, I really do not understand the sense in coming out with such statements now. Wasn’t all this data produced by the JNUTA in court when the case was being fought? So what if a majority of these universities don’t have the gazette, the reality is that it has been implemented in our university and there is nothing we are doing about it except marching hopelessly from one place to another. And if not that, then in our respective centres we have already started counselling our students on ‘other options’- And what does all this mean? This means that we have already accepted that the gazette has been implemented and now we are helping each other cope with it and adapt to it. I don’t see these as logical signs of a struggle.

    I do not come from any students organisation, and as a common student of this university, I have been following the developments in JNU these past few months. It is my earnest desire to know why this matter was taken to court when so much could have been accomplished by strengthening the struggle at the ad block. There were angry students protesting at the ad block, a student went on a hunger strike without water and was picked up by the police, 3 students gave calls for self immolation in four months and instead of unconditionally supporting them and standing with them in ‘true’ unity, the JNUTA called them “disruptive” and went to court. These students were not even consulted on the nature of a court case that was to affect so many of their lives. Why was their struggle completely delegitimized by an order written on a piece of paper? The JNUSU refused to stand with them, but so did their own teachers! What is it that stopped the JNUTA to collectively and unconditionally support their own students who were protesting in their university?

    There are still things that can be done to reverse all this, and they will surely put a lot at stake, but the point is: is the JNUTA willing to go to that extent? We can still collectively move the Vice chancellor to roll back the gazette, but I know that won’t happen. I know we will never go to that extent to fight it, and this indeed in JNU’s tragedy.

    I am not sure if my comment will survive your moderation for I don’t see much respect for dissent in any quarter of this university, right or left, but I hope you will still read it in the process.

  4. This is highly objectionable. Cutting of seats in research programmes in JNU are likely to damaged the prospects for those students who are coming from rural and poor background. This policy seems that India is going for privatisation of higher study. This policy is like Indian vernacular press Act of 1867, brought by British Government.

  5. The seat reduction in JNU has been initiated by the Administration .On the other hand,other universities have resisted the move of UGC TO REDUCE THE INTAKE of Research students.What inference a rational person can observe out of these fact?There should be a united challenge from student community ,teachers and concerned public against this move to crush academic freedom of JNU.

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