Members directed to participate collectively from Campus, Civil Sectt
JAMMU, July 13: The Jammu University Council meet on Monday was suspended midway as the Lt Governor G C Murmu, who was chairing the meeting through virtual mode, took cognizance of nonchalant attitude of some participating members and repeated interruptions because of technical reasons.
Official sources told the Excelsior that less than one third only of the total agenda items could be taken up for discussion and approval of the same during more than two hour-long Council meeting, which had to be ended midway because of disruption in audio and video owing to poor internet speed that led to confusion.
Besides the repeated disruption due to technical reasons, sources added, casual attitude of some participating members of Jammu University’s apex decision making body apparently annoyed the Lt Governor , who ordered immediate suspension of the meet and holding the same later on.
Observing that some members were sitting individually with leisure at their respective homes while participating in the meeting through virtual mode, the LG, who is Chancellor of the University, directed that the Council meeting should be convened again with all the members attending the meet collectively from Jammu University and Civil Secretariat only.
“All the Council members from Jammu University should attend the meeting from a single point on the JU campus while the Government representatives will participate from an office in the Civil Secretariat,” the LG ordered and asked the Vice-Chancellor to get every member telephonically conveyed about date and venue of the meeting.
This was 86th meeting of the Jammu University Council, for which total 77 items, including three on table items, were listed in the agenda. However, due to the midway suspension of the meeting, only 25 items could be taken up for discussion.
While 24 items were approved after discussion, an item pertaining to the fate of employees of Institute of Human Genetics in JU, did not get the nod of Financial Advisor (Financial Commissioner – Finance, Arun Kumar Mehta) , who desired to personally go through the entire case before any decision.
Sources said that some of the participating members also sought to raise the issue of enhancement of retirement age of Jammu University faculty members, which was in agenda of previous Council meeting (85th). However, sources added, the Financial Advisor made it clear that matter was already under consideration of the Lt Governor and appropriate decision shall be taken as per the Government policy for entire Union Territory.
The items, approved by the 86th Council after discussion, included ; establishment of Entrance Examination Cell in JU, admission quota for the EWS, Transport and Children Education Allowance to the JU employees, confirmation of action taken in having adopted fee structure of B Tech Programme in the Institute of Engineering and Technology, JU, Kathua for sessions 2018-19 onwards, etc.
Earlier, the Council meeting began with a Power Point presentation by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Manoj Kumar Dhar who highlighted the University profile, its achievements and future plans. Registrar Prof Neetu Andotra presented the agenda items. The meeting was attended by all the JU Council members through video conferencing.
Even as this Council meeting was earlier scheduled to be held on July 14, the same was preponed and held today.