Five months earlier, the University Grants Commission – the higher education regulator – had issued a circular to the central universities asking them to adopt the central government’s service rules for faculty if they considered their own rules inadequate.
“They will face a non-bailable warrant. The right to protest and dissent will be taken away completely.”
He said the circular to central universities to adopt government service rules was aimed at stopping academics from questioning the government or associating with any political party or organisation that participates in politics.
HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said the nudge to central universities to adopt central service rules was only a suggestion. “Every university makes its rules. The UGC wants them to make their rules at the earliest.”
A senior commission official said the universities had their own rules but these might not be comprehensive.
In 1902, the then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, had initiated a University Bill that mandated uniform rules at universities.