The Jawaharlal Nehru University has allegedly asked eminent historian Romila Thapar to submit her CV to decide if she should continue as professor emeritus, reported The New Indian Express.
The 87-year-old historian has received a letter from JNU registrar Pramod Kumar in the last month asking her to submit her CV so that a committee appointed by the university could evaluate her work.
“This is purely politically motivated action. Prof. Thapar is a strong critic of policies of privatisation of education, erosion of autonomy of institutions and crushing of dissent by institutions, including JNU,” She expressed her shock.
Romila Thapar, a critic of the present Narendra Modi government, is an emeritus professor with the varsity. An emeritus professor does not receive any financial support but an office to work from and academic benefits, reported The New Indian Express.
She was a teaching faculty in JNU from 1970 to 1991. After that, she was appointed to the post in 1993. Only select academics of international repute are chosen for the post.
Scholars from different parts of India expressed their anger against this move in social media.
— Shama Mohamed (@drshamamohd) September 1, 2019