JNU teachers voted against VC in referendum
Over 90 per cent JNU teachers have voted against Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar in a referendum held today, supporting the demand for his ouster, the varsity's teachers' body claimed.
Mr. Jagdeesh Kumar, earlier a professor of electrical engineering at IIT Delhi, was appointed VC in 2016. Since then he has been in news due to varied reasons. Last year, he expressed a desire to display an "Army tank" inside the campus. "Would like to request VK Singh Ji to help us procure an Army tank so that we can put it on display in the university," said Jagdish Kumar, as reported by media.
The referendum, supervised by external observers, clearly showed that the current vice-chancellor should not continue any further, JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) said in a statement.
#JNUTA Referendum results:Total votes polled: 300Q 1. Should the current Vice-Chancellor of JNU be relieved of his office?Yes: 279; No: 8; Blank: 5; Invalid: 8Q 2. Should JNU take a HEFA loan?Yes: 4; No: 288; Blank: 3; Invalid: 5 pic.twitter.com/6bnZebL2Ag— Saugata Bhaduri (@saugata_bhaduri) August 7, 2018
The teachers' body alleged a "general atmosphere of fear" has been created by the current administration and individual teachers are being targeted and issued notices for expressing "dissent" on academic and other issues.
The HEFA loan was rejected by 96 percent of the teachers who took part in the referendum, JNUTA said.
(With inputs from PTI)