Most of the new chairpersons brought in by the JNU administration were unanimous on their views for mandatory attendance rule on campus. Faculty members who did not agree with the administration on the attendance issue have been replaced. Following are few names that have been replaced:
Amita Singh, the center for the study of law and governance replaces Prakash Singh. Prakash Singh made headlines when, in the aftermath of February 9, 2016, event on campus. Dhananjay Singh Centre for English Studies; replaces Udaya Kumar Singh was ABVP’s presidential candidate for the JNUSU elections in 2004. Last year, he was in the spotlight for direct promotion from assistant professor to professor (skipping the stage of associate professor) during faculty appointments by the chairperson, Udaya Kumar.
Umesh Kadam, Centre for Historical Studies; replaces Sucheta Mahajan Kadam is the current Dean of Students and a member of several committees set up by the administration. “I have to do my duty. It is very clear that students have to come for classes and sign. If they don’t do it, the university has a uniform policy for defaulters.”
Kadam said ideology has nothing to do with his appointment as he was appointed as faculty during the time of former V-C S K Sopory when a ‘hardcore leftist’ was the CHS Chairperson. Rajiv Saxena, Centre for French & Francophone Studies; replaces Dhir Sarangi Saxena is a member of the newly formed committee to look into making JNU entrance examinations from next year (2019-20) completely online.