New Delhi : The academic council of Delhi University has approved a proposal to convert School of Open Learning into a college. However, some members alleged the decision was taken without any discussion.
Academic Council has also decided that an election will be held to select its five student members. Three chairs in the name of B R Ambedkar, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad will be set up and researches will be carried out on them. Funds have also been allocated to colleges for the recruitment of EWS-category teachers, but many members claimed that the amount won’t be enough.
According to AC member Ratnesh Rajan Saxena, the meeting witnessed “a marathon ‘zero hour’ that started at 11.50am on Saturday and continued well into the midnight”. Some other issues such as promotion of the existing teaching faculty, flaws in the 2019-20 EWS and OBC students were also taken up.
Some members objected to the “sudden and quick passing of all agenda items without discussion”, said Rasal Singh, a member. As the issue of the EWS recruitment triggered a protest, some members approached the chair, and “under the plea of ‘protest’, the chair passed all agenda items and the meeting ended,” Saxena alleged.
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Objecting to the SOL decision, Janmejoy Khuntia, secretary of its staff council, said the item was passed without any discussion. “By reversing its own 1997 decision, DU has degraded a university department into a college.” The move, he claimed, “is in violation of a presidential direction given in 1999. This illegal step will result in an uncertain future for India’s first distance education institution”. Khuntia demanded that an independent inquiry be held on administrative and financial irregularities in SOL. The council also approved the setting up of Centre for Disability and School of Public Policy and Governance.
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