Delhi University registrar Alka Sharma told to pack up

July 11, 2014

New Delhi: After the FYUP rollback, the Delhi University registrar could become the first wicket to fall from Dinesh Singh's team. The human resource ministry has written to the department of personnel and training (DoPT) for recalling registrar Alka Sharma. The ministry has cited her role in "bulldozing" FYUP, saying teachers and students are unhappy with her, and her conduct has affected DU's image. Sharma has been on deputation for around seven years and nine months without any break, out of which four and a half years have been in DU itself. She joined the university as finance officer in 2006.

In a strongly worded letter, the ministry said: "Extension of her deputation should be withdrawn with immediate effect." Sources said the ministry was unhappy with Sharma's role in the four-year undergraduate programme and was embarrassed at the way it had been streamrolled. An official said the ministry had received representations from teachers demanding her recall.

Sharma got an extension in January this year but sources found it questionable. "The irony is that education secretary Ashok Thakur pushed her case for extension and now the ministry finds fault with her stay in DU."

Sharma's extension has also been questioned by teachers. Delhi University Teachers' Association had demanded her removal, while National Democratic Teachers' Front made a representation to DoPT regarding her deputation from her parent organization, Indian Defence Accounting Service in June. "According to the DoPT rules, no government officer is allowed more than seven years of deputation. Sharma, who is at a director-level post, is entitled to five years. She completed seven years on January 21, 2014, with an understanding that there will be no further extension. But, on January 24, her stay was extended till June 2015 in violation of rules," said DUTA president, Nandita Narain. A notification from the HRD deputy secretary was marked to secretary Ashok Thakur, saying her extension had been approved by DoPT. (source-TOI)

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