Days after the Executive Council of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) made attendance mandatory for regular faculties, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) has asked teachers to 'reject' it. The JNUTA said that the new rule implemented by the administration makes no sense because the varsity faculty is spread across NCR and this mandatory attendance will require teachers to come to campus only to mark their presence even when they may not have classes or interaction hours with the students. JNUTA president Sonajharia Minz has appealed all colleagues to unanimously reject this move of the administration.
Earlier, the varsity in its 275th Executive Council Meeting has made the attendance compulsory for teachers. "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.
It 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 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. Meanwhile, the JNUTA has written to Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, saying that the Vice Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar.