Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Vice-Chancellor BB Bhattacharya may well be headed for a second term. Sources said the issue will be raised in the Executive Council (EC) meeting on Tuesday.
The EC, which consists of 15 members including 3 elected, 4 from outside the university, 5 deans, the V-C and registrar, will discuss an amendment in the JNU Act.
The present provision in the act says that the V-C will serve for years or till the age of 70, whichever is earlier, and will not be eligible for re-appointment.
The proposed change in the act states that the V-C will now be eligible for a second term. The students and teachers have alleged that the administration is trying to "tamper with the very ethos that define JNU" with such an amendment.
"The V-C has violated all the progressive laws like implementation of reservations for faculty posts for the SC/ST and OBC reservation of students. He is hardly in the university to sort our issues. I wonder on what grounds is he seeking an extension and amendment of the act?" said Sucheta De, a member of All India Students Association.
On Monday, Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association also opposed the move to change the JNU Act.
Meanwhile, the students of the varsity observed a strike against what they term as the JNU administration’s repeated moves to scuttle SC/ST reservations for faculty posts and OBC reservations for students.
The students also demonstrated at the University Grants Commission and a delegation of representatives submitted a memorandum to the UGC Chairperson, asking him to urgently intervene and ensure that the constitutional and legal provisions of social justice be upheld in JNU.