Thapar one of 12 emeritus professors asked to submit CVs JNU admin

first_imgNew Delhi: New Delhi: After the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) had, in a controversial move, asked renowned historian Romila Thapar to provide the administration a copy of her resume, the university administration has now said that Thapar was just one among a total of 12 emeritus professors whose CVs have been sought “for a review of their work”. The list of 12 includes former JNU Vice-Chancellor Asis Datta and noted scientist R Rajaraman among others. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe professor emeritus is an honorary position given to noted faculty members after their retirement. The emeritus professors are free to do academic work in the departments they are attached to and may supervise research scholars as a core supervisor along with regular faculty members. After sharp criticism of the decision to ask for Thapar’s CV for assessment, the JNU registrar on Monday said that there were 11 others who have also been asked to submit their CVs. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe HRD Ministry also clarified that there was no move to discontinue Professor Emeritus status to anyone by JNU and only standard procedures are being followed. “Professors H S Gill, C K Varshney, Ashok Sanjay Guha, Asis Datta, R Rajaraman, Romila Thapar, Yogendra Singh, D Banerji, T K Oommen, Amit Bhaduri and Shiela Bhalla have been sent letters by the varsity administration. They attained the age of 75 before March 31, 2019,” JNU registrar Pramod Kumar said. Adding that Thapar and many others had already responded to the administration’s request, Kumar said that those who have not yet replied will be sent reminders, after which a committee will be reviewing their CVs. He said that even internationally, the professor emeritus position is not a permanent position and that the decision to conduct this review was taken by the university’s Executive Council. Former JNU VC Datta is an eminent molecular biologist and educationist who was conferred the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third-highest civilian award, in 2008. He is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize and the Priyadarshini Award. Prof. Datta is an elected fellow of all three major Indian Science Academies as well as the “Third World Academy of Sciences”. He was the eighth vice-chancellor of the varsity and the founder-director of the National Institute of Plant Genome Research. Professor Rajaraman did his PhD under Nobel laureate Hans Bethe. Bethe had won Nobel Prize in Physics in 1967 for his work on the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis. The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) had said on Sunday that the JNU administration’s decision to ask 87-year-old Thapar to submit her CV was “politically motivated”. Soon after the JNUTA statement, the university said it was following its ordinance “in letter and spirit” in the appointment of professor emeritus at JNU. “As per the ordinance, the university is required to write to all those who have attained the age of 75 years to know their availability and their willingness to continue their association with the university. Letters have been written only to those emeritus professors who fall in this category,” it said. It explained writing these letters is not for discontinuation but for an informed review by the Executive Council, the highest statutory body of the university, and it is consistent with the practices at other reputed universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton University.last_img

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