JNU registrar Pramod Kumar confirmed receiving the letter from the ministry on Friday. Despite repeated makes an attempt, the V-C didn’t reply to calls and texts despatched for his remark.

PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 04:07 AM IST

New Delhi: The union schooling ministry on Friday allowed Jawaharlal Nehru University vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, whose time period was going to finish on January 26, to proceed in his place “until further orders”.

HT had reported on Friday that Kumar’s time period was prone to be prolonged for the reason that the appointment course of for the brand new V-C has been delayed.

In a letter addressed to JNU Registrar, union secretary to the federal government of India PK Singh wrote, “The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to say that the incumbent V-C of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, whose five-year term is to complete on 26.01.2021 is allowed to continue in the office, notwithstanding the expiry of the tenure till his successor is appointed and enters upon office in terms of provisions of statue 3(4) of JNU Act, 1966 of until further orders.”

JNU registrar Pramod Kumar confirmed receiving the letter from the ministry on Friday. Despite repeated makes an attempt, the V-C didn’t reply to calls and texts despatched for his remark.

Kumar’s tenure as JNU V-C had been marked by a number of protests and controversies, together with the 2016 sedition row, and protests on hostel payment hike which was adopted by an assault on campus by a masked mob in January 2020, which had left a number of college students and academics injured.

The Union schooling ministry, final October, had launched an commercial inviting purposes for the place of vice-chancellor and, later, a three-member search panel was constituted to take care of the recruitment course of.

JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) mentioned the ministry’s choice to increase the present vice chancellor’s tenure was “shocking”.

“It has been over three months since the advertisement was released. A search committee is already there and still, a new V-C cannot be appointed by the government. It clearly shows that Kumar is close to the present government. We are trying to meet the education secretary to discuss this issue,” mentioned Moushumi Basu, secretary, JNUTA.

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