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Universities are capable of governing themselves, says outgoing JNU VC

Sopory referring to the recent trend of the University Grants Commission (UGC) sending circulars to universities, asking them to celebrate various days such as Good Governance Day and Yoga Day, said it wasn’t “possible to follow all the directives” and “that universities were capable of governing themselves”.

Sopory was speaking at a press interaction at JNU a week before his retirement on January 27.

He said, “We do take some suggestions and celebrate some of these occasions which we think are good… But it is not possible to follow all of the….”

While listing several achievements during his tenure including the NAAC accredition, creating a barrier-free campus and revamping the sexual harassment policy, Sopory confessed that his “biggest failure” was not to be able to construct more hostels.

Speaking about the recent controversy on JNU reporting the highest number of sexual harassment cases, Sopory said it only happened because students were given a platform to complain. “Here, the GSCASH never says go someplace else. They always encourage filing of such cases,” he said, reported Indian Express.

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