Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has asked notable historian Romila Thapar to submit her CV so that the varsity can check and decide if she could continue as professor emerita in the institution.
JNU registrar Pramod Kumar, last month, wrote to 87-years-old Thapar and asked her to submit her CV so that a “committee appointed by the university could evaluate” her work and decide whether she should continue as professor emerita.
Once an academician is chosen as an emeritus professor, he or she continues to be one for the rest of their life. Generally, professors of international repute are selected for the post. The post of the professor emerita has no financial benefits, but the academician is allotted a room in the institution to pursue their respective academic works. They are allowed to mentor other research scholars, and also, sometimes conducts lectures for students in the university.
Thapar has been a teacher and a researcher for many years now. She has specialised in the history of early India. From 1970 to 1991, she was a professor at JNU, and later in 1993, she was chosen as professor emerita. She is a recipient of the prestigious Kluge Prize of the US Library of Congress and has also written numerous books.