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Protesting Crimes against Women

and six students (as recommended by the vice chancellor) were also nominated. The element of election was totally done away with. The role of the chancellor was assumed by the government. Surprisingly let alone the teachers, even the chancellor (governor of the state) accepted the undemocratic set-up without any compunction. Now the proposed set-up of the AS is a superb administrative fiat. While accommodating the 'elected' element under the Class IV category, the new act has subverted academic freedom and autonomy in a most sophisticated manner. While Class I category consists of ex-officio members, Class II quota is limited to life members. Class III is called 'members to be nominated by the government'. They number a staggering 80. Of this 46 are professors and principals of colleges. Now Class IV category (elected members) total 30 with 20 teachers elected from among the teaching community and 10 MLAs elected from the state assembly. Now in the AS out of a total of nearly 160 members (excluding life members) the elected teachers will be too small a group to successfully affect any significant changes on academic matters. Thus the injection of 'democratic element' in the proposed form appears to be mere tokenism.

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