While releasing the India Rankings 2016 she said that history has been made as National Institutional Ranking framework (NIRF) is the first of its kind. She said that one of the biggest challenges in the higher education sector have been that citizens who engage with these institutions feel that there is no level playing field in terms of transparency and the data that they need from these institutions with regard to the choices they, specially the students, need to make.
Shreya Bhattacharji, who was also the dean of students’ welfare, was suspended on March 28 for inviting MN Panini, a retired JNU professor with the Centre for the Study of Social System, to be the guest of honour at a function to commemorate the 140th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel held on March 19.
Bhattacharji was asked to step down and give charges to Ajai Singh after she was suspended.
Former NCP minister Jayant Patil has demanded action against the Principal of Fergusson College Pune over his letters to city police seeking action against a group of students for allegedly shouting anti-national slogans during an event on the campus.
"The principal wrote three letters, each claiming a different thing. This shows he was under pressure from someone," Patil said during a debate on the issue in the Maharashtra Assembly.
"This is not the way a responsible principal should behave. Responsibility should be fixed and action should taken against him," he said.
Clashes broke out between protesting students and police on University of Hyderabad campus on Tuesday evening.
A few students and policemen were injured in the clashes outside the bungalow of Vice Chancellor P. Appa Rao, where the students had been protesting since morning as he resumed duties after nearly a two-month-long leave.
Violence broke out as police used force to disperse the students. Television visuals show policemen and women dragging the students, some by their hair, thrashing them and beating them up with batons.
Pramod Kumar, who is an alumnus of JNU, who is currently an associate professor of Chemistry at Delhi University’s Aurobindo College. He was selected from a list of 24 candidates by a three-member panel.
He will take over the position from Bupinder Zutshi.
Kumar, who did his MPhil and PhD from the School of Environmental Sciences from 1988-95, will take charge from Monday. “I had appeared for the interview on March 16 and was informed on Friday by post that I had been selected. I have already completed my formalities and will be joining from Monday,” he said.
The teachers, who are opposing the teachers’ association for their support to students accused of sedition in connection with the Afzal Guru event last month, claimed that the report was shared with JNU administration.
“It is a matter of serious concern that some JNU academics masquerading as liberals and feminists have engaged in nefarious and anti-national activities of maligning India publicly through their statements, lectures and extra-academic activties of their NGOs which receive liberal funding from hostile agencies,” the report alleged.
Reportedly, the high-level committee has recommended rustication of five students after its investigation over a month’s time. However, the final call in this regard will be taken by the Vice Chancellor and proctor’s office.
Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated the winners of the Visitor’s Awards, 2016 – Tezpur University in the category of Best University; and the scientists from Jawaharlal Nehru University in both research and innovation and said that These Awards are a recognition of their years of sincere effort and hard work.
He stated that these Awards should inspire and motivate the central universities and their academic communities to excel further. He called upon them to work towards becoming temples of knowledge and learning.
The JNU teachers have opposed the varsity administration’s decision to let Zutshi continue as Registrar till March 31.
A statement by the JNUTA said, “While the university administration has done little to inspire confidence in teachers and students that an impartial and fair inquiry will take place, it has gone ahead to not only extend the term of the officiating Registrar but also appoint him as the nodal officer for the purpose of co-ordination and reply of Parliamentary processes.”
The teachers in the letter to the President have stated, “A thorough investigation of the happening of February 9 at JNU should be done. The probe should also be made about the circumstances and the elements which have led to such kind of anti-India activities… in a premier university in the heart of the country. To investigate the forces operative in the University… students are linking up with the banned organisations and groups.”
“Integrity and honour of our motherland is above all institutions, including JNU,” says the letter.