GSCASH: How it all began, how well it worked and why it should be supported
By Janaki Nair
Today, more than ever, we are in danger of losing the institutional memory of mechanisms and procedures – such as GSCASH -- that have served JNU so well over the past few decades. We may read this rich archive of co-operation, disagreement and collective deliberation, of successes and setbacks and inadequacies as ‘witnesses’. We may ‘witness’ once more that creative process of establishing an exemplary mechanism that has been hailed both nationally and internationally. We could also read it as an urgent reminder of all that is at stake in the present moment, not just the mechanism itself but the purposive tinkering, the constant remaking that brought it into being. What is at stake is the future of the university as a space safe and secure for the intellectual flourishing of students and faculty alike; what is imperilled today are the participative, and profoundly democratic ways in which an institution like JNU has been a ‘thought collective.’
A good idea of the incredibly hard fight that the GSCASH has fought over the years for institutional legitimacy can be gleaned from the GSCASH Annual reports. A few are downloadable here.