NEW DELHI: The primary girl vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru College, professor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit, has claimed that if the BJP authorities was not there on the Centre, then her appointment wouldn’t have been opposed within the method that it was being performed presently.

Speaking about Nationwide Education Coverage 2020, Pandit mentioned there could also be points, nevertheless it shouldn’t be seen from an ideological lens. Talking to
TOI, she mentioned the infrastructure at JNU was in a sorry state and her quick precedence was instructing and non-teaching appointments.


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The convent-educated polyglot, who’s fluent in seven languages, together with English, mentioned, “I’m glad as a result of three glass ceilings have been damaged — being a girl, the primary non-Hindi talking girl from Tamil Nadu, and coming from a particularly marginalised class.”
“I thank this present authorities for its braveness because it’s not simple to make a girl a vice-chancellor as a result of loads of forces work in opposition to it. You’ll have seen the male exclusivist privilege on Twitter hitting me left, proper and centre. As a substitute of praising the appointment, they have been concentrating on me for my English,” added Pandit.

The professor of worldwide research mentioned NEP shouldn’t be criticised from an ideological standpoint. “When Rajiv Gandhi’s authorities introduced it, there wasn’t a lot opposition. Its interdisciplinary-multidisciplinary schooling is sweet. As a social scientist, I believe science and know-how want philosophy in addition to a social assemble,” she added.

“The second is encouragement of Indian languages. We’re pondering of separating the varsity of languages into Indian and international. What JNU will get from NEP is the 5 panchamrits — growth, distinction, variety, democracy and dissent. I’m for dissent as it’s important to the Indic civilisation. There is no such thing as a drawback in criticising the coverage. It will probably get higher,” Pandit mentioned.

The VC mentioned her quick problem was recruitment and college promotion and to create a greater ambiance between lecturers, college students and the administration. “We need to make this place gender delicate. There are a number of school members who’ve repeatedly violated guidelines. I met Birsa Ambedkar Phule College students’ Affiliation and was instructed that there have been loads of woman candidates who confronted home violence. However can all woman college students be given hostels?” she puzzled.

“We have to be sensible and never simply maintain asserting issues. I received a scare whereas visiting the College of Life Sciences constructing the place staircases have been about to fall off. I need to tackle these points first,” mentioned the VC.

An alumna of JNU returning to the campus after 32 years, Pandit mentioned the varsity supplies a “fantastic non permanent mirage”. “It’s a sociological island. Briefly, we give college students the delusion that all the pieces is free on this world. However when you exit, you realise that this isn’t so. JNU is a superb place to be in as a result of it’s the place we will commit ourselves to social and financial justice and to marginalised communities. It significantly helped me study, perceive different folks and study Hindi,” mentioned Pandit.

Pandit spoke about how the campus had undergone adjustments. “The Leftists in my time have been revolutionaries and devoted. The tukde-tukde gang was by no means there. The protests have been parliamentary. Hooting, rowdyism and placing ignominy on the VC was by no means there. TK Arun was my president. We could not have agreed ideologically, however we by no means hit one another under the belt. We had fantastic, dedicated lecturers who impressed and disciplined us,” mentioned the professor.

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