While the Delhi University grounds were being used for the Rugby matches, the offices
of the University saw action of a different kind. The tussle between the Vice-Chancellor
and the DUTA extended itself towards the radiation controversy as well. Readers might
remember that radio-active materials discarded by the University had resulted in the
death of one person and illness to several others.
On October 1, an Executive Council Meeting was held to discuss the report on the
incident. Six elected members on the council held that the meeting could not continue as
the Vice-chancellor’s term of office had expired. They added that as Dr Pental was one
of the accused, he could not, therefore, convene the meeting. At this meeting, DUTA
organised a dharna to protest against the continuation of Dr Pental’s tenure in office
without official sanction from the Visitor.
On the 4th, another meeting of the Executive Committee was held, in which the question
of Dr Pental’s tenure was again raised. Also, there was opposition to the report because
members alleged that the committee that prepared said report was neither selected nor
approved by the Executive Committee. DUTA, meanwhile, accused Dr Pental of hand-
picking the members of the committee to ensure that persons with “personal proximity to
him and to Prof. Parmar, the then Head of the Chemistry department” were on the panel.
The report itself lays the blame on the chemistry department. It therefore holds no person
or persons responsible for the manner of the disposal.
As a consequence of this, there will be another 3 member panel formed that will look into