JTA cancels GBM after admin warning, its office sealed
A general body meeting (GBM) called on Friday at 2.00 pm by the Jamia Teachers’ Association (JTA) was not held after the administration issued an advisory to teachers threatening action against them planning to participate in the meeting of the now dissolved body.
After Jamia administration dissolved JTA and a senior Professor Sonya Surabhi Gupta of the Centre for Spanish and Latin American Studies for “unlawfully” taking up an assignment to conduct the JTA election without taking permission from the competent authority, the JTA president Professor Majid Jamil called a GBM to discuss these things.
He had said JTA is an independent body and the university administration has no power to dissolve it. There was a standoff between JTA and the administration.
However, things changed on Friday with the university issue an advisory with Jamia Registrar Nazim Husain Al-Jafri alleging that the meeting was being planned to “disrupt the smooth functioning of the university”.
“In the interest of our colleagues and JTA, a GBM scheduled today for 2.30 pm is herewith called off after an advisory was issued by the registrar and the JTA office has been sealed,” said Jamil, president of now-dissolved JTA.
The university advisory read: “It has been brought to the notice of the competent authority that a GB meeting has been scheduled today at 2.30 pm by an unauthorised body which has no longer recognition and authority according to the JTA constitution and has been dissolved on November 17.
“However, they are misleading the Jamia Millia Islamia and claiming to be the office bearers of JTA. Therefore, it is advised that the teachers should abstain from attending or participating or in any manner be part of the meeting. In case of any violation of such advisory, the authority will take action against the participants of such meeting which is planned to be held within the campus to disrupt the smooth functioning of the university.”
The advisory said JTA members have been barred from using the premises or finances of the former JTA account because of the present status.
Gupta, however, rejected all the allegations and told the PTI: “I have not done anything illegal and whatever actions I have taken was done as part of JTA member and in accordance with the JTA constitution.”