JNU-Romila Thapar row: Shashi Tharoor says varsity management doesn't understand a thing about education

  • Congress MP Shashi Tharoor criticised the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration for asking historian Romila Thapar to submit her curriculum vitae.

  • He said that the new JNU regime didn't understand the 'value of having such an illustrious figure associated with them'.

  • They are claiming they are following the rules, but it turns out the rules itself were written in August, he added.

New Delhi: Criticising the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration for asking historian Romila Thapar to submit her curriculum vitae, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has said the new management doesn't understand the first thing about education and that universities give the professor emeritus status to honour themselves.

After drawing flak for seeking Thapar's CV, the JNU administration said in a statement the letter it wrote to her was not sent to discontinue her association with the university but to check whether the professor emeriti is willing and available to offer her services.

 JNU-Romila Thapar row: Shashi Tharoor says varsity management doesnt understand a thing about education

File image of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. PTI

"When a professor retires or reaches retirement age and the university doesn't want to lose its association with that particular person, they grant emeritus status," Tharoor said.

He said the status of professor emeritus is given by universities to honour themselves.

"It cuts both ways. The professor has an association but no obligation. The universities, too, have no obligation, they don't pay a salary but they get the person's name associated with them. That's why, it's something which gives credibility to the university," he said.

"Clearly, the new regime in JNU doesn't understand this. They don't even understand the value of having such an illustrious figure associated with them. The new people who are running this place don't understand the first thing about education," Tharoor said.

They are claiming they are following the rules, but it turns out the rules itself were written in August, he added.

"I am deeply disappointed. It is not just an insult to Thapar, it's betrayal of the very traditions of education we are trying to sustain in our country. It's a shame," the MP said.

Updated Date: Sep 06, 2019 17:38:48 IST