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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.


Devdiscourse News Desk 07 Aug 2018, 06:08 PM India

Over 90 percent JNU teachers have voted against Vice-Chancellor Jagadish 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.

"As many as 93 percents of the JNU teachers voted against the vice-chancellor in the referendum," it said.

"Out of total 586 listed faculty members at JNU, 300 turned up to cast their votes. Among the voters, 279 teachers voted in favor of the VC being relieved," it added.

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 teachers also gave a thumbs down to a demand by the varsity for a multi-crore loan from the government through the Higher Education Fund Agency (HEFA), the statement said.

The HEFA loan was rejected by 96 percent of the teachers who took part in the referendum, JNUTA said.

(With inputs from PTI)


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