DU V-C Dinesh Singh untraceable amid varsity-UGC fiasco

June 27, 2014

New Delhi : He's supposed to lead from the front, but Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh is missing in action. He hasn't been seen afterTuesdayafternoon even as his university sinks deeper into the mire and chaos of an admissions crisis. He doesn't answer the phone, and there's nobody speaking on his behalf. The V-C is believed to be cooped up in his residence, away from the public glare.

What makes matters worse in the present deadlock is that neither the Delhi University nor the University Grants Commission seem to be sincere about reaching a solution. Instead of sorting out the mess sitting face-to-face, the two warring sides have resorted to exchanging letters, content to put the ball in other's court.

On Wednesdaynight the UGC had directed the university to start the admissions fromThursdayafter scrapping FYUP.

Police put barricades and stand guard outside DU V-C Dinesh Singh's residenceon Thursday. The V-C has not been seen since the past five days. But keeping at its delay tactics, the university wrote back to the UGC saying that in the given situation when admissions are being delayed, time is the essence and hence a proposal given by a group of academicians - reportedly close to the vice-chancellor - should be implemented.

"You will appreciate that admissions cannot take place to a course of study for which necessary approvals have not been obtained. The Act, Statues, and Ordinances require that the course of study needs to be moved through the Committee of Courses of the various departments, Faculty meetings, Academic Council and Executive Council prior to their coming to into force and will therefore take substantial time," said DU's letter.

Meanwhile, not a word has been heard from the V-C who has holed himself up at his residence ever since his media coordinator Malay Neerav announced by mistake that he has resigned. Neerav had to eat his text message soon after on the same day. Except for a few close aides, no one has been allowed an audience with Singh and he has not made any public statement.

Sources also alleged that behind the veil of silence and its letters, DU is just trying to delay a final solution and put the blame on the UGC for that. "What the V-C is doing is to throw the ball in the UGC's court. Under the garb of formalities and due procedures cited in the letter, he is suggesting that let the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) or a similar structure remain, and admissions be started. We all know that the academicians who suggested this fake alternative are his cronies," said Narain.

Confused students along with their parents have been forced to look for accommodation in the Capital until the admission process begins.

Confused students along with their parents have been forced to look for accommodation in the Capital until the admission process begins.Meanwhile, sticking to DU's stand its media coordinator Neerav on Thursday said, "We received a new proposalon Wednesdaywherein the honours degree will be given in three years and the optional fourth year could be used to offer research in Honours. We won't need much time to implement this proposal."

Neerav also had a tiff with few television journalists on Thursday, rebuking them for their persistent questions, the inglorious retreat into his room looping endlessly on TV channels through the day.

The university also hinted that it was not keen on reverting to threeyear structure. "This may considerably reduce the time required for reviewing and adopting the older undergraduate courses that existed before introduction of FYUP," the letter said.

DU also took potshots at the committee constituted by the UGC to suggest an easy migration to the three-year structure. "The necessary modalities of effecting this change that was to be sent to the university by the committee set up by the UGC have also not been received," it said. The committee cancelled its meetingon Thursdayafter UGC vice-chairman & professor H. Devaraj, fell ill.

As the deadlock continues, academicians say what is happening in DU only shows what is wrong with higher education. "Whatever is going on is not good for the higher education. Both the sides are locked in. They will have to respond and talk to each other face-to-face to find a solution," said a former DU V-C on condition of anonymity. (Source : Mail today)

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