Stalin says JNU V-C’s nomination to Madras varsity panel is ‘saffronisation’

Kumar was nominated by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, the chancellor of Madras University

Jagadesh Kumar
Kumar had faced severe criticism due to his alleged inaction during the January 5 attack in JNU | Photo: Twitter

The nomination of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar as head of the Madras University vice-chancellor search panel has triggered an uproar in Tamil Nadu’s political circles, with DMK and ruling AIADMK-ally PMK condemning the move.

Kumar was nominated by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, the chancellor of Madras University, as incumbent vice-chancellor P Duraisamy’s tenure is set to end this May. Kumar had faced severe criticism due to his alleged inaction during the January 5 attack in JNU.

In a statement on March 5, DMK chief MK Stalin said the nomination of Kumar as the head of the search committee sets a wrong precedent. Condemning the move, he said the governor is trying to impose the saffron agenda on the higher education institutes in the state.

“In the name of creating transparency in choosing the vice-chancellor of the University, the governor is going against political ethics to saffronise higher education institutes in the state,” Stalin said in his statement. He also appealed to the governor to nominate a qualified academician from Tamil Nadu to head the search committee.

Besides, PMK founder Dr. Ramadoss also condemned the nomination of Kumar and asked, “Are there not enough academics in Tamil Nadu to elect a vice chancellor?”

“It looks like Jagadesh Kumar has been nominated as the head of the Madras University vice-chancellor search panel with an intention of appointing someone from the other state. Anna University got ruined after the appointment of a vice-chancellor from another state. It shouldn’t happen to Madras University,” he said.

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