JUTA resents deployment of university teachers on election duty

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 27: A deputation of Jammu University Teacher Association today called on Registrar JU and expressed its reservations over the order for deployment of  university teachers on election duty.
Since JU is an autonomous institution and governed  by the UGC norms where teachers are permitted to take part in the political activities and because of this most of the teachers have political affiliations. Also, some of the teachers of the University are contesting the Assembly Elections and some are openly going in the public with the candidates for asking people to vote for the candidate of their party. It is therefore possible that they may not be objective in performing the election duty if assigned and may cause avoidable controversies after the outcome of the election results, the JUTA explained to the Registrar.
Listing more reasons, the JUTA further said that the University teachers are not only taking classes but are also doing the research projects as well as supervising the research scholars with a timeline and most of the teachers have their prior research and academic commitments inclu-ding collaborative research, consultancy projects, and visits at the national and international levels to present research papers. Because of these reasons, Teachers are unable to perform election duties and hence the teaching fraternity be exempted from Assembly election and accordingly the circular/order No. Estab/14/14716-815, dated: 24/11/2014 may be withdrawn, the Registrar was urged.


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