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Swaminathan denies JNU teachers' claim of support to compulsory attendance move

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A group of 90 JNU teachers today claimed that the administration's compulsory attendance move had received support from M S Swaminathan and 'Metro Man' E Sreedharan, among others, a claim denied by the two eminent persons.

A of the teachers' group, Prof. Atul Johri, told reporters, "Some of the prominent academicians (who extended support) include M S Swaminathan, (former ISRO chairman) G Madhavan Nair and likes of them."

However, when contacted, M S Swaminathan and his Dr Parasuraman, who are on a visit to for an event, denied making any such endorsement.

"It is totally unethical if someone is doing it," said.

too said he had not extended support to the move. "They have not contacted me and I have not given any such support," he told

The issue of compulsory attendance has triggered fresh tussle between the (JNU) administration and students. The students' union and a section of teachers have opposed the move to make 75 per cent attendance compulsory for students.

The group of teachers, however, quoting the academicians said, "We wish to see JNU as shining and outstanding university. We are hopeful that the students of JNU shall abide by established norms and popular practices. We, therefore, condemn the campaign against attendance."

The group of teachers also accused JNU Teachers Association(JNUTA) of instigating the (JNUSU) and said, "We appeal that the JNUTA strongly condemns the abominable, destructive behaviour of JNUSU. If JNUTA leadership refuses to condemn and do not refrain from instigating the protests, we will be compelled to stop our fee to JNUTA."

The teachers have also submitted their complaints collectively against the JNUSU to the and have demanded appropriate action.

Over 98 per cent of the JNU students who participated in a students unions' referendum on the compulsory attendance initiative voted against the move.

In the referendum this week a total of 4,456 votes have been polled and 4,388 of them voted against the move, while 41 students voted in support and 27 were invalid, a statement issued by the students body said. There are around 8,000 registered students studying in JNU and nearly 6,000 of them stay on campus.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 21:00 IST