For the teachers working in central universities, voicing their opinions against the government and standing shoulder to shoulder with their students at the time of protests would now be a thing of the past.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has written to all central universities that the service rules that are applicable for the Union government employees will now also apply for the universities teachers and thus criticising the government will be a violation of service rule. This means that they can be dismissed for speaking against the Central government.
As per the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules a government employee is not allowed to express his/her opinion against the government. These Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules that are applicable for the government employees will now be applied to the University teachers as well.
This means that the university teachers may face strict actions if they participate in an anti-government protest or even speak in any event that is critical of the government or write an academic paper against the government policies.
The letter by the UGC to the Universities was sent in May this year. However, most universities have still not adopted the rules but are in the process of doing it. Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has recently adopted this rule amidst protest by a section of teachers.