JNUTA elections slated for today

With the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA) elections scheduled for today, two groups--one touted as "progressive" and the other "pro-administration"-- will fight it out for various posts of the teacher's body.

While Prof Sonajharia Minz of the School of Computer and Systems Sciences from the 'liberals' panel will be contesting for the JNUTA president's post, Prof S Srinivasa Rao from the School of Social Sciences will represent the other panel.

Both the groups have fielded candidates for the posts of vice president (two posts), secretary, joint secretary (two posts), treasurer and school representatives. JNUSU Joint Secretary Shubhanshu Singh said presidential candidate Sonajharia Minz represents "progressive group", while the other candidate represents the "administration".

Ever since M Jagadish Kumar took over as vice chancellor of the prestigious university, there have been hostilities between JNUTA and the administration on various issues, especially appointment of a dean of School of Social Sciences and removal of Prof Nivedita Menon from chairpersonship of the Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory (CCPT). Other varsity professors and students said that the administration has fielded candidates who are closer to them so that there would not be any dissent from the teacher's body.

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