Bharti college


After 8 months of waiting, the concerned authorities have left the decision hanging, over a professor accused of misconduct.

On Wednesday, 24 October, various students of the University of Delhi’s Bharti College protested in the college campus against the alleged ignorance of the Governing Body (GB) for not following the recommendations of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) in a sexual harassment case against a teacher. The protest comes after 8 months after the case came to light through a student’s complaint against the accused professor. However, the failure to take any action has been met with backlash from the students in the varsity.

In February, a student had written to the university authorities against a teacher, who she said was sending her lewd messages and trying to have “vulgar conversations” with her. She had also submitted a purported video of her confronting and slapping the teacher, with him apologising, following which the college sent him on leave pending enquiry. It is to be noted that the college authorities decided to suspend the professor in June, but they did not receive approval from the varsity authorities.

The ICC, which submitted its report on August 28, has suggested compulsory retirement for the accused. “We submitted our recommendations on August 28 to the university. Students are angry because, in June, the GB had suspended the teacher, but the university did not send its approval. He’s not coming to college, but he’s getting his full salary. So there is some resentment among students because of this, and because the ICC recommendations have not been followed,” told ICC presiding officer Rakhi Jain, to The Indian Express.

The college principal, however, said that the procedure was being followed. Officiating principal Mukti Sanyal said the college and GB were following procedure.

“There are long-drawn processes which have to be followed. The ICC has submitted its report and the GB has done whatever it needs to do at the stage at which it is but there are other stages to be completed. It has to finally be ratified by the university and get the V-C’s approval. We’re steadily and surely working in the direction so that the right thing is done,” she told the same daily.

GB Chairman Ajay Gaur said the “matter was under process”.

DU Registrar Tarun Kumar Das and Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi did not respond to calls and texts by The Indian Express.


(With inputs from The Indian Express.)

Feature Image Credits: The Indian Express.


Kartik Chauhan

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First year English Honours students got a chance to go beyond the syllabus at Bharati College, as they got to learn more about the poet G. M. Muktibodh, whose poems are a part of the syllabus. A talk was organised by Mrs. Mukti Sanyal, an English lecturer at the college. The talk was by Dr. Kavitendra Indu, a Hindi lecturer in Bharati College.

Dr. Kavitendru started with the history of Indian literature and went on to explain the different periods of Indian literature. Interestingly, the history of Hindi literature is only eighty years old, and the history of Indian literature dates back to 1000 A.D.

Muktibodh was a product of the Progressive Movement of 1936. He was a part of the Progressive Writers Association, whose aim was to remind writers of their responsibility towards the society. He was an important representative of the Movement.

Many Radical poets were inspired by Muktibodh. He was a poet, thinker and critic, but what most people do not know is that he also wrote stories. The interesting aspect of his stories was that his poems and stories on same themes also shared the same title.

His most famous poem is called “Andhere Mein” (In the Dark), which aims at revealing the two-faced nature of most people in society, especially the people in power. His poems revolve mostly around fantasy and inner-conflict, or aatmasangharsh. Dr. Ram Vilas Sharma, a famous critic, criticized Muktibodh, who was a Marxist, for showing his conflicts in his poems, as poets are supposed to show the reader a certain path to follow.

Being from Maharashtra and not learning Hindi from the very beginning, Muktibodh uses many Sanskrit words.Furthermore, he was not glued only to literature, but was also interested in Maths, Science and Philosophy. He uses terms from these fields in his poems, thus giving his poems a distinctive ring. He used new metaphors and similes, in stark variance with the ones that were generally used by poets through many centuries.

Neha Malik, a student, said, “the talk was very helpful for a better understanding of why he wrote such poems. Reading the Hindi original made up for the things that were lost in translation. Also, having a Hindi lecturer explaining was a different experience as he was able to quote other poems as well.”

Some students, such as Shreshtha Sharma even claimed to have found Hindi much more interesting after the lecture.


Shreya Mudgil
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