JNU revises pro forma phone book after JNUTA objects to ‘discriminatory’ greetings

JNU: The pro forma had a section for greetings and another for teachers to specify their personal number. Some teachers disagreed with the format.

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New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) removed certain pro forma entries from its telephone directory that its teachers’ association considered “discriminatory”. The university administration had issued a circular on March 16 asking employees to complete the pro forma of the revised telephone directory.

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The pro forma had a section for greetings and another for teachers to specify their personal number. Some of the teachers disagreed with the format.

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“Previously, the pro forma had a section for greetings. Female teachers had to specify whether they were Mrs or Miss or Mrs. However, men did not have to specify it. In addition, all employees had to share their contact .number,” said Sucharita Sen, secretary of JNUTA.

Raising their point, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA) wrote to the Deputy Registrar on Sunday asking for the review of the pro forma. The JNU administration issued a new circular on Monday, removing the bit that solicited the greeting and making the mobile number field optional.

“The discriminatory use of ‘greetings’ has been removed. The provision of personal mobile numbers has become optional,” JNUTA said. The organization said it appreciated the administration’s responsiveness and quick action.

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