The JNU Teachers’ Association conducted a hunger strike on Monday against the varsity’s two circulars on rescheduling the academic calendar and compliance of faculty attendance, saying ‘threatening’ them for biometric attendance is a violation of their right to privacy.
Through a circular, issued in mid-November, the JNU administration has said seven years in the university were necessary for availing sabbatical leave by a faculty member.
In another circular issued on November 13, it announced that proposals for seminar participation, conference travel, project meetings, fellowships, including those scheduled during vacations, would be allowed if teachers comply with the directions of the university, the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) said.
JNUTA wants the circulars be withdrawn immediately.
“Threatening teachers for biometric attendance is a violation, in letter and spirit, of the Right to Privacy provided by the judgments of the Supreme Court. These diktats seek to burden teaching-learning in JNU with bureaucratic rules, and make it undignified and disrespectful to the teachers’, JNUTA said.
In response to the strike, the administration said JNUTA office-bearers are ‘determined to vitiate’ the academic environment on the campus through their “unlawful activities.” Despite requests to not to hold the dharna near the administration building, a ‘prohibited area’ for such activities, the JNUTA leadership is holding their dharna, it said.Posted in Campus