The Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Mr. Jagadesh Kumar, who was due to retire on January 26, has been invited by the Ministry of Education to remain in office until his successor is appointed.
An announcement was published in October stating that the CV must have “the highest level of competence, integrity, morality and institutional commitment.”
“The outgoing Vice Chancellor, Mr. Jagadesh Kumar, whose five-year term ends on January 26, may remain in office until his successor is appointed, despite the expiration of his term,” said PK Singh, Under Secretary of State in The Ministry of Education said.
Kumar experienced considerable unrest on campus during his tenure, starting with the mutiny against Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, and Anirban Bhattacharya on February 9, 2016 over alleged anti-national slogans on campus until the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed. There were also ongoing protests on campus over rising boarding fees and compulsory student and teacher attendance.
The JNU student union and the JNU teachers association had come into conflict with the V-C, and requests for resignation were made from time to time.
In January last year, the JNU campus became a scene of violence when people wearing masks moved from one dormitory to another, attacking students and damaging property. Several members of the faculty were injured in the attacks.