St.Stephen’s teachers write to principal on autonomy
The teachers have written to principal John Varghese, saying he should fulfil the assurance given to students and teachers on March 3 after the staff council meeting.delhi Updated: Mar 15, 2017 23:55 IST
Forty-one permanent teachers of St Stephen’s College have asked the principal to convene a meeting of the governing body to put forward concerns of the faculty on autonomy.
The teachers have written to principal John Varghese, saying he should fulfil the assurance given to students and teachers on March 3 after the staff council meeting.
Varghese had assured teachers and students that he would write to the GB to rescind its decision on autonomy and begin the consultation process.
Students and teachers begun a protest after the college decided in-principle to apply for autonomy. They were against the decision as it was taken without consulting stakeholders of the college.
Autonomy means the college will not be a constituent college of Delhi University. It can decide on syllabus, start new courses and have freedom to decide on the fee structure.
“We would like to point out that you gave the following solemn assurance to the staff council. The concerns of the faculty members were made abundantly clear at the four and a half hour meeting. These concerns of the Staff Council, a statutory body of Delhi University, must be first conveyed to the governing body before we are asked to give any feedback or to proceed further in any manner with respect to the proposal for autonomous status,” said the letter written to the principal.
The principal is yet to call a meeting of the governing body but he had asked the heads of departments to submit a detailed note on the pros and cons of autonomy.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) May 2016 regulation directs the university to initiate the process of granting autonomy. DU has formed a committee and already invited six colleges to apply for approval.