GBM Resolutions (8.8.2022)

Resolution 1

The GBM records its appreciation of the commendable work done by the JNUTA 2020-2022. The GBM held on 8.8.2022 resolves to accept the reports of the JNUTA Secretary and Treasurer (2020-2022).

Resolution 2

The General Body of the JNUTA expressed serious concern over the long delay in the resolution of outstanding issues related to CAS promotions, which has created major hardship for the faculty. In light of the many issues already raised multiple times in this regard, the General Body demands that the university should take a careful note of the attached Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that the JNUTA delegation submitted in the very first meeting with the Vice Chancellor. The administration should come out with such an SOP without any further delay, which should, among other things, clearly lay down the rules on cutoff dates of different UGC regulations as well as on past service counting.

Resolution 3

The General Body of the JNUTA notes that several issues regarding short- and long-term leave of faculty colleagues, who have been facing unprecedented delays, lack of transparency in the leave granting process and absence of updated rules and fool proof application requirements.

One of the reasons for the various bottlenecks is that the previous JNU administration adopted verbatim the UGC 2018 regulations without an application of mind whereas these regulations need to be adapted to the needs of the university, followed by adoption in the form of ordinances. As a consequence, duty leave no longer includes fieldwork particularly out of the country and duty leave is now sanctioned solely for attending orientation programme, refresher courses, research methodology workshop, faculty induction programme, conference, congress, symposia, seminar and lectures.). In the implementation of these new ordinances by the current administration, the approximate timelines needed for the sanctioning of leave have also expanded: Duty leave within India (7 working days), Duty leave within and outside India (21 working days if NOC is required and 15 working days otherwise, one and a half to two months for EOL and Sabbatical leave. IPR forms also need updating every three months).

The JNUTA GBM is of the opinion that the leave rules as they stand, as well as their implementation hamper faculty research. These difficulties need to be addressed by the JNU administration at once:

  1. Fieldwork (including archival research as also for special projects with fieldwork integrated with them) must be included in duty leave as it is an integral part of research.
  2. Flexibility may be allowed to interpret the categories on which duty leave is granted.
  3. Clear timelines for each leave category must be formulated.
  4. The application forms in the website needs to be updated and made fool-proof.
  5. List the sanctioning authority as the earlier Ordinance had done.
  6. Colleagues who are charge-sheeted should not face additional delay and harassment given the stay by the Delhi High Court on this matter.

Resolution 4

The General Body of JNUTA expresses concern about the delay in admissions to the academic programmes of the university. The University’s reliance on the NTA for conducting admission tests have resulted in repeated delays and in serious disruptions to teaching and learning in the University. The situation seems to have worsened this year with no clarity yet about when admissions will actually take place and when classes will begin. The GBM demands that the University withdraws from the agreement with NTA and immediately restores the JNU’s own time-tested admission procedures and institutional structures such as the Standing Committee on Admissions.  

The GBM notes with alarm that admission process to PhD programmes in 2022 have not even been announced. Since the Draft University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedures for Award of Ph.D. Degree) Regulations, 2022 permits universities to conduct their own admission tests to the PhD programme (Clause 4.4), the GBM urges the university to conduct its own entrance examination as soon as possible and stick to the academic calendar. The GBM also seeks the urgent completion of all official processes required for incorporation of deprivation points in PhD admissions, as agreed upon by the Vice Chancellor and her team in the meeting held with the JNUTA on 4 July 2022 and as announced by the Vice-Chancellor to the media.

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