‘Exhibition of illiteracy’: Varun Gandhi slams new JNU VC appointed by Modi govt

Varun Gandhi slams new JNU VC: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, Varun Gandhi has ridiculed the newly appointed Vice Chancellor (VC) of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Shantisree Dhulipudi Pandit. Varun Gandhi on Tuesday strongly criticized Pandit’s appointment, saying such “mediocre appointments damage our human capital and the future of the youth.” Shared and said that it is a display of ‘illiteracy’.

Varun took to Twitter to share the press release issued by Pandit after taking over and said it was a display of ‘illiteracy’.

The BJP MP wrote in his tweet, ‘This press release of the new VC of JNU is a display of ‘illiteracy’, which is full of grammatical errors. Such mediocre appointments work to harm our human capital and the future of our youth.

Varun Gandhi slams new JNU VC

The Union Government has appointed 59-year-old Shantisree Dhulipudi Pandit as the new Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), one of India’s premier institutions, making her the first woman to hold the position in the university.

Dhulipudi was earlier a professor at Savitri Bai Phule Pune University, Pune. Pandit has been a student of JNU. She has done her MPhil as well as PhD in International Relations from JNU.

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In her maiden press release statement, Pandit said, “As the Vice-Chancellor of JNU, I thank both the Hon’ble Prime Minister and the Minister of Higher Education for giving me this opportunity as the first woman and alumnus of this prestigious university from the state of Tamil Nadu.”

In her statement she further said, “The immediate focus of this administration will be to provide clean governance, student-friendly and gender-sensitive environment for academic excellence. We will endeavor to implement NEP-2020, the vision of our Hon’ble Prime Minister, with JNU rising to greater heights of education and research, especially in the interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary areas of study. The focus will be on building Indo-Centric narratives.

An unverified Twitter account, said to be hers, was deactivated yesterday after users dug out many controversial tweets. Screenshots circulated on social media. 

One tweet described actor-politician Kamal Haasan as a “Hindu abuser” and “rice bag convert” — a derogatory term used by Hindutva hatemongers to target those who allegedly converted to Christianity for a bag of rice.

At the same time, in other tweets, she attacked Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav, singer Rihanna for supporting protesting farmers and Indian Muslims by calling them jihadis. In another tweet, Pandit had justified the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. She did this tweet in 2019.

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