[WSMDiscuss] Sonajharia Minz- First Tribal Woman Vice Chancellor

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Sat May 30 09:47:09 CEST 2020

Dear Jai Greetings! Thanks a lot for your query regarding appointment of Prof. Sonajharia Minz considering her past and current activities. 
First of all, Sido Kanhu Murmu University is a State University and not a Central University. The appointment of Vice Chancellor is recommended by the State Government to the Governor who approves and make the appointment. Governor's role is ceremonial only though the appointment is made in their name. Governors are the Chancellor of all State Universities.
Secondly, Jharkhand is currently ruled by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) in coalition with Indian National Congress (INC) Party and RJD belonging to Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav. The current Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Mr. Hemant Soren is young and dynamic and claims to bring good governance to Jharkhand. The State Government invited applications and after scrutiny of applications received, it made recommendation to the Governor for appointment. The Central Government has no role to play in any manner. The State Government does not require any approval from the Central Government in certain matters under the federal system that we have in the country. The Governor/s may ask for clarifications or more information but can not refuse to accept the recommendation/s made by the State Government. The Governors are agent of the Central Government and they are custodians of the Constitution and Rule of Law. The current Governor of Jharkhand though appointed by BJP Government only, she has to work on the recommendation/s made by the duly elected government led by JMM and its coalition partners. 
So, you could see a non-BJP Government in a State could provide chance to a genuine person to be appointed as Vice Chancellor.  And this how Pro. Minz has got this chance to serve a University in Jharlhand's hinterland. And people who knows her simplicity and commitment are very happy and also hopeful that she would her best as long as she is there at the helm of affairs.

With Regards Umakant 

    On Saturday, 30 May, 2020, 05:19:38 am IST, Jai Sen <jai.sen at cacim.net> wrote:  
Friday, May29, 2020


Dear Umakant

            Thanks, as always, for this post andfor bringing this milestone event to our notice !  For the Adivasis and for India – and for educationand the production of social knowledge !

            At the same time, if she was indeed 
President of JNU Teachers’Association (JNUTA) two years ago and also served as Dean, School of Computerand System Sciences, and Chief Advisor, Equal Opportunity Cell, JNU
as you say,and given what the article says :

In 2018-19, she was president of the JNU Teachers Association. Duringher tenure, students and teachers participated in a militant agitation againstthe introduction of seat cuts, compulsory attendance and the online entranceexam.

And on the otherhand, given the manner in which the central government has attacked JNU overthis past few years, I have to admit that it seems amazing to me that with thisbackground, and at this time in history, that the central government ministrieshave approved her as Vice Chancellor of the Sido Kanhu Murmu University!  How and why do you think this hashappened ?

            But in anycase, this takes nothing away from her appointment, and all power, and wisdom,to her !

            In celebrationand solidarity ! 


On May 29, 2020, at 8:43 AM, Umakant via WSM-Discuss <wsm-discuss at lists.openspaceforum.net> wrote:

Dear Friends

Greetings! Amidst despair, it isalso a time to congratulate Prof. Sonajharia Minz, for being appointed as firstTribal Woman Vice Chancellor of any University in India at Sido Kanhu MurmuUniversity, Dumka in Jharkhand state. She is currently a Professor of ComputerScience at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She earlier was elected asthe President of JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) two years ago and alsoserved as Dean, School of Computer and System Sciences, and Chief Advisor,Equal Opportunity Cell, JNU. 

As an Adivasi woman she not only hasgreater achievements in academic world but as a socially conscious person hasbeen tirelessly working for Adivasi community empowerment for many years bynow. 

May Prof. Sonajharia Minz have manymore feathers in her cap as an educator and an emancipator!  

Do pass it on to others in yourcircle/network

Tumse na hopayega: VC-making words

Pheroze L. Vincent, Telegraph, May 29, 2020 

Tumse na ho payega: VC-making words 

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Tumse na ho payega: VC-making words
How a put-down propelled Minz to helm of Dumka Varsity |




How a put-down propelled Minz to helm of Dumka Varsity. 


With Regards and Best Wishes Always 

Umakant, Ph. D 

New Delhi 


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