Whenever you try to end status quo in a system, some opposition is natural, says JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar about the allegation by a section of students and teachers that the administration has become vindictive. In a conversation with Manash Pratim Gohain, Kumar has his say on a common entrance test for central universities and several other issues
Is the JNU administration seeking the CV of professor emerita Romila Thapar because she has been critical of the government? How many professors emeriti does JNU have right now and what is their role? What is the criteria for their appointment?
We respect our retired professors who have contributed immensely to the university. JNU follows, in letter and spirit, its academic rules and regulations in the appointment of professors emeriti and the review of their association with it.
There are about 21 professors emeriti — 17 from social sciences and humanities and four from sciences. These professors are expected to do academic work in the school to which they are attached and may supervise research scholars as co-supervisors along with a regular faculty member of the university.