Central University Jamia Millia Islamia has advertised 6 new teaching positions for Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies (SNCWS). All the 6 positions were UGC planned posts which have already been merged by the UGC a year ago along with the direction that the incumbents working there be merged into the university system. However, the existing faculty is shocked by the new job openings that were out Friday evening.
It should be noted that five faculty members, one professor, two associate professors and two assistant professors are already working in Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies department on these posts and some of them have been working at the same position for 15-16 years.
Take a look at the official job openings by Jamia Millia Islamia:
Shocking decision by @Jmiu_Official to advertise six teaching positions in Women Studies Centre in Jamia and trying to snatch the jobs of teachers already working on these positions. Such a discriminatory decision against women faculty by a women VC was not expected pic.twitter.com/nHGgciCVea
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On condition of anonymity, a Professor at Jamia’ Women’s Studies Centre said” Strange decision has been taken by the ‘Woman’ Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia Najma Akhtar against Women’s Studies Centre existing faculty as the world is trying to cope up with the pandemic situation. years. In these hard times, the notification for job openings and advertising and removing the incumbents out of their regular jobs openings is mentally taxing and insecure for the stakeholders.”
She said, “The decision taken by ‘woman’ Vice-Chancellor with regard to the women’s studies centre is shocking and incumbent faculty members are worried about their livelihood and what will happen next.”
According to the faculty, “Such an injustice against a women’s studies centre speaks volumes of the seriousness about the issue of ‘women’s empowerment’ by the first ‘Woman’ Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia. This decision is totally discriminating and arbitrary and must be cancelled immediately as incumbents are already working for long and some for more than one decade.”
Jamia’s Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies, it is the second oldest centre of the varsity and well-known women’s studies Centre in the country. In April, Vice-chancellor was trying to seal the centre but it didn’t happen because there was too much external pressure.
“The claim that the university is hiring on new teaching positions for Sarojini Naidu Women Studies Centre(SNWSC) despite the positions already being occupied by the existing faculty is grossly misleading and factually incorrect.
The centre is under project mode and the services of teachers and staff working at the centre is purely of temporary nature and the current extension of the centre is only up to 30th September2020. The further continuation of the centre is subject to extension to be given by the UGC.,” University officials told Newsd.