India, Jan. 14 -- The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration, headed by vice chancellor (VC) M Jagadesh Kumar, appointed several faculty members who were either freshly inducted with changes to the selection process or promoted in alleged violation of seniority and rotation norms to key roles that allowed them to control crucial administrative functions of the university over the last three years, according to several people familiar with the matter.

These appointments, the elected faculty body JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) and elected students' body JNU Students' Association (JNUSU) allege, allowed the administration to push forward its schemes in a bid to "change JNU's decision-making process" and the "nature of the unive...