Bureaucracy and fake admissions have loomed over the credibility of the University of Delhi since its inception.
The discourse around illegal admissions in the University of Delhi was recently in the limelight, owing to the scandal around Ankit Baisoya, former Delhi University Students Union President. The most recent addition to this discourse is Swami Shraddhanand College. The students of the college have raised several questions about the same in the past and, in one such instance, Riya Gulati, a final year B.A. Programme student filed an official complaint alleging ‘fake admission’ of the college’s Students Union President, Nitika Mann in October 2018. Mann is a third year student of the college pursuing B.A. Programme.
The University of Delhi mandated the college authorities, namely acting Principal Dr. P.V.Khatri, who is yet to formally investigate the matter. Sources claim that the mandate was dismissed by the authorities, who claimed that the original admission form of Nitika Mann had been ‘lost’.
A few months later, Riya Gulati accused the college’s Acting Principal, Dr. P.V.Khatri, of selective harassment. Riya was denied her Admit Card, which is needed to appear in semester examinations. The Admit card is allegedly kept in the personal custody of Dr. Khatri, who refuses to grant her the Admit Card (without her parents’ visiting the college) on grounds of shortage of attendance. Riya claims that all other unperturbed students with attendance falling below the statutory minimum have received their respective hall tickets and are already appearing for their Practical Examinations.
DU Beat tried contacting Dr. Khatri, but he was unavailable for a comment.
With the examination dates looming close by, any uncertainty especially regarding to Admit Cards are a major cause of distress to students. Adding to this, lack of formal investigations, disciplinary actions and the blatant display of a vengeful attitude on behalf of college authorities are extremely problematic. The lack of responsiveness and responsibility can appear to add credibility to the malpractice allegations against the college authorities.
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