Attendance will now become mandatory for all regular faculties of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the Executive Council had decided. According to reports, the varsity in its 275th Executive Council Meeting has also decided to name the management school as 'Atal Bihari Vajpayee School of Management and Entrepreneurship' to pay tribute to former prime minister AB Vajpayee. The other important decision made during the meet is to issue Lifetime Valid Card for its retired employees and their families on pension under CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme).
"The EC approved the revised guidelines for the conferment of Professor Emeritus in JNU. After detailed discussions, the EC has decided to introduce attendance for all regular faculty members of the University which is in conformity with the recent resolution of the JNU's Academic Council and the 'UGC regulations on minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges and measures for the maintenance of standards in higher education, 2018," ANI quoted a press statement issued by the JNU Registrar as saying.
The Council has also decided to apply for funding from government through the Higher Education Funding Agency (HEFA), a move which has been strongly opposed by the students and teachers of the university. Recently, 288 teachers had voted against the multi-crore loan demand of the JNU during a referendum supervised by external observers. JNU has 586 listed faculty members out of which 300 had turned up to cast their votes.
Earlier, the JNU had made attendance mandatory for teachers. The decision was taken at the university's 146th Academic Council meeting held in the month of July. Under this rule, it was made mandatory for the teaching community to give attendance at least once in a day.