Interviews for the post of Principal for Swami Shraddhanand College stand cancelled as Deputy Chief Minister states violation of norms as the reason.

On Friday, 28th February 2020, interviews scheduled on 1st March 2020 for the post of Principal, Swami Shraddhanand College were cancelled.

The cancellation is stated to be directed by Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Manish Sisodia to Delhi University Vice Chancellor, Mr. Yogesh Tyagi, citing violation of norms.

A notice dated 25th February 2020 was available on the college website. It stated the list of 20 shortlisted candidates who were called for the interview on 1st March 2020 at 10 a.m. in the International Guest House, North Campus. The applications for the post were in response to the Advertisement No. SSN College/ Principal/ Advt./ 2019 dated as 6th October, 2019.

Manish Sisodia, in a letter to Yogesh Tyagi said, “It is to inform that the appointment has to be made in accordance to norms. It is requested that the interview should not be conducted in the absence of a properly conducted governing body.”

“Hence, the interview fixed for selection of principal on March 1 must be cancelled immediately”, said Sisodia, in his letter.

Response from Yogesh Tyagi and Delhi University authorities could not be garnered. This report will be updated as and when a statement from them becomes available.

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Protests against the leaked question papers for Staff Selection Commission (SSC) exams took an ugly turn on Saturday, as the protesters clashed with the police who resorted to lathi-charge and detained the protesters.

On 31st March 2018, student and SSC aspirants who had gathered at the Parliament Street were brutally lathi-charged by the Delhi Police. The detained protesters were taken away in more than four buses.

Kawalpreet Kaur, President of All India Students’ Association (DU Unit) said, “Police is saying that there was no lathicharge. Students demanding transparency from the Government are being silenced so that no one asks any question in the future.”

Notably, sources reveal that three of the protesters have fallen sick after police action on Saturday.

While the protesters had congregated at Parliament Street, trouble brewed when they broke through police barricades and tried to march towards Janpath, during their ‘Yuva Halla Bol’ protest. The police halted them at Janpath. Thereafter, a brief clash ensued, with some protesters running away and some charging the police line.

Geeta Kumari, the President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union, while addressing the protesters had remarked, “Ye Nahi Kehte Ki Hum Bina Mehnat Ke Naukri Chahte Hain. Hum Bol Rahe Hain Ki Barabri Ka Mauka Toh Do.” (We are not demanding jobs without tests; all we demand is an equal opportunity).

Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC CGL) is held to recruit staff for posts in ministries and departments of the government. The protests began by the end of February when news spread that the papers for the examination were leaked.

The protests have seen students taking to the streets to oppose such irregularities. The affected student community has asserted that it will not call off the protest until the demands are met. Talking about the commonality of such injustice in India, Sardar Singh, an SSC aspirant from Allahabad, said, “Papers have been leaking from 2013 and it’s only getting worse now.”
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St. Stephen’s College has been known to be the recipient of the crème de la crème of applications. However, this year there are lesser people fighting for those 410 seats. This year St. Stephens received 23,500 applications as opposed to the 29,672 applications it received last year.

The main perpetrator, according to the teachers has been the confusion caused by Stephens’ differentiated admissions procedure and schedule. Almost all disciplines witnessed a downfall in applications. Economics saw a 29% decrease, Mathematics 31%, English 20%, Chemistry 39%, Physics 34%, and BSc programme with chemistry 28%. For a few disciplines, the number of applications increased, like for, B.A Programme (12%), philosophy (17%), Sanskrit (39%) and BSc Programme (Computer Science 28%).

The Admissions Committee has been in quite an unpleasant position regarding St. Stephens’ admission procedure. “The Committee is of a unanimous opinion that St. Stephens and even Jesus and Mary College must follow the centralised procedure as notified by the varsity. The whole purpose of the High Court directive was to help the students skip the hassle of multiple trials. If the directive is not adhered to, then the university holds the right to withhold enrolment numbers of any student taking admission in these colleges. We have notified St. Stephens College about the same and are awaiting their response” said the Admissions Committee as told to DU Beat.

Despite the numbers, the public information officer of the college, A.D Mathur seems untroubled. “The numbers dropping by a few thousand doesn’t mean anything because 23,500 is still a huge number considering the very few seats available” said A.D Mathur as told to Times of India.

The communication from the St. Stephens has thrown people as this time it has not mentioned as it is every year that the admission process and applications are different. The dates for admissions are normally synched with those of the other DU colleges but that was not done this year either, making way for disconcerted feelings.

One of the teachers at Stephens told Times of India that a fee hike maybe a reason, also that it is important to see if it is just this college or if the number of applications have declined across the University.

On the Sports and ECA front, Delhi University has asked St. Stephens and other minority institutions to join the common admission procedure for these quotas and failing to comply will lead to their admissions being cancelled. Meanwhile, Jesus and Mary College has announced its ECA criteria.


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