September In September, the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) said in a press release that “administrative high-handedness continues to destroy JNU”. The association had objections to some appointments by the JNU administration, the formation of an executive council and the formation of a new medical institute within the university campus, the press release said.
Calling the JNUTA members “armchair critics”, JNU Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadish Kumar told ANI: “There are some faculty members at the university who are trying to create a negative image of the university which is very unfortunate. Trying to tarnish its image and function. ”
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The Vice-Chancellor said, “Some people are talking about setting up a medical school in the university. A lot of grounds were laid for the establishment of a medical school and it is in line with the constitution of the university.”
The Vice-Chancellor added, “Whatever decision we take is discussed at JNU’s statutory body. Whether it is the establishment of the School of Medicine or the implementation of the NEP or the recent anti-terrorism course. Criticisms that are not well discussed are unfounded.”
“No significant discussion was allowed in the minutes due to the absence of any recorded disagreement against these issues,” the press release said.
JNU’s recent decision to add a medical college, which was unanimously approved by the Academic Council, was also criticized.
When asked, the VC said, “The constitution says very clearly that the university will award degrees in different areas and one of them is medicine doctor, bachelor of medicine and others. That is not good for the development of the university.”
The school also offers PhD, MD, MS, DM, MCH and MBBS degree programs with an emphasis on modern science.
Sources said that the land allotted to the university is in the green zone here. “Not much can be built but they should be aware that the university has a vision plan and as part of this vision plan we have already allocated more than 200 acres of land for the expansion of the academic program. JNUTA opposes the development approach,” sources told ANI.
The Vice-Chancellor said that any decision taken by JNU for the university is being discussed extensively with the top statutory body of the university.
Recently, the university’s executive council approved a new anti-terrorism course that has been criticized by a section of teachers and students over its content.
The National Institutional King Ranking Framework (NRIF) by the Ministry of Education ranks JNU as the second best university in India.
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