JNU VC M Jagadesh Kumar to continue in office till successor is appointed


The Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar was on Friday allowed to continue in the office, past the expiry of his time period, till a successor is appointed, in accordance to Education Ministry officers.

The Union Ministry of Education launched an commercial in October final yr stating the put up of a vice-chancellor is that of an instructional and an administrator rolled into one.

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The particular person, who could be chosen as the brand new JNU V-C, is anticipated to possess the very best stage of competence, integrity, ethical and institutional dedication, the commercial had mentioned. However, the method is but to be accomplished.

“M Jagadesh Kumar, whose five-year term as JNU Vice-Chancellor, will end on January 26, is allowed to continue in the office, notwithstanding the expiry of the tenure till his successor is appointed,” mentioned P Ok Singh, Under Secretary, Ministry of Education.

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From the notorious sedition row of 2016 and lockdown of his office a number of instances to the Union Education Minister getting caught for over six hours on the venue of JNU’s convocation in 2019, Kumar’s tenure because the vice-chancellor of the college has been marred with controversies.

Kumar, who was made the VC in January 2016, had first brush with controversies only a week after his appointment when college students locked horns with the administration over holding an occasion in opposition to the hanging of parliament assault convict Afzal Guru.

Then JNU college students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested and the controversy led to a large protest by the scholars.

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The college students continued to be at loggerheads with the VC over penalties imposed by the college on college students whose function was established in the February 9 occasion by an inquiry committee.

Nine months later, a pupil — Najeeb Ahmad — went lacking from the college campus after a brawl with members of RSS-affiliated ABVP.


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