Be it the controversial Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) or the transition to the semester system, the outgoing Vice Chancellor (VC) has had a lot under his name. Dinesh Singh, who is also a Padma Shri awardee, which is country’s fourth highest civilian honour is all set to end his five-year term as the DU Vice Chancellor. Singh, throughout his tumultuous tenure has set major changes at various layers of the university.
Singh did his graduation and post-graduationin Mathematics from St. Stephen’s College and was also awarded the Best Undergraduate in Mathematics prize and Mukherji-Ram Behari Mathematics prize from the college. He did PhD. in the subject from Imperial College, London.Singh started as a lecturer at his alma mater in 1981. After that he joined the Department of Mathematics, University of Delhi in 1987. He served as the director at the south campus from 2005-2010 before being elected the VC.
The outgoing Vice Chancellor has been the focal point of many controversies that have made many call his tenure a rather ‘rough ride’. Mr. Singh has hit back at his critics by making a generic statement claiming that changes at any level are first met with dissent and only later are they accepted. He is also the First VC in the history of the University to have been served a show cause notice for his alleged involvementin ‘financial and administrative irregularities’. However, the show-cause notice was later nullified considering that he anyway had just a few months left in his tenure.
The high points of his controversial tenure include the implementation of the semester system and the FYUP. While the debate over the transition from the yearly academic system to the semester system was raging, Singh, apart from defending the move made clear the fact that at a later stage the provision of choosing credit-based courses would be given to the students, the recent implementation of which fuelled an altogether different controversy.
The FYUP implementation was based on the claim of its perceived capability of improving the employability of students. The controversy over it and the subsequent confirmation of its roll back prompted Singh to allegedly resign at a critical moment in 2014, but later he took his resignation back.
Over the years, Singh has also faced opposition from the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on allegations of corruption and red-tapism in infrastructural projects across colleges.
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