The Ministry of Human Resource Development served Delhi University’s controversial vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh a show-cause notice on Tuesday, asking him to explain why he should not be removed from the post. Numerous national dailies reported sources inside the HRD ministry calling this the beginning of a termination process.
The vice-chancellor will need to answer questions related to infamous decisions taken by him during his tenure. The most notable of them pertains to the now-scrapped Four Year Undergraduate Programme, known to be the VC’s brainchild. He has been accused of bypassing authorities in the UGC and the HRD Ministry to launch the ‘illegal’ programme. Further, the notice requires the VC to explain why B.Tech. courses were started in DU colleges without proper approval from All India Council for Technical Education.
The show-cause notice also asks Singh to explain why Rs.172 crores from the University’s OBC fund was diverted in the purchase of laptops for students of the FYUP.
The questions raised in the show-cause notice have been doing rounds of the University campuses in the form of protests for more than a year. In August last year, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association released a white-paper against the VC, levelling several serious allegations related to the FYUP, purchase of laptops, Gyanodaya and harassment of teachers.
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Abha Dev Habib, member of DUTA and DU’s Executive Council, approved of the serving of the notice, saying that the VC has ‘harmed’ students, teachers and karamcharis alike.
Saket Bahaguna, ABVP’s Delhi State Secretary, says that mere sacking from the post will not be sufficient. “Criminal proceedings should be initiated against those responsible. The university should be brought back on the right track,” he said.
Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh’s tenure is due to end in October this year.
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