An hour before meeting Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on Wednesday, Delhi University (DU) vice chancellor Yogesh Tyagi had convened another meeting.
It was an emergency meet of principals of 28 Delhi government-funded colleges, sources said. Out of the 28 colleges, 12 are 100% funded and 16 get 5% funds from the Delhi government.
The agenda was to ask the principals about problems they were facing with the governing bodies of their colleges, members of which are mostly AAP nominees.
In most of these colleges, the chairman of the governing body had been nominated by AAP. A total of 15 members make up the governing body of a college.
The meeting with the principals was held in the presence of the dean of colleges and few other university representatives. According to an official, who was present at the meeting, the V-C noted down all problems shared by the principals about the governing bodies of their colleges.
A source later said the V-C wanted to discuss the problems shared by the principals with the AAP leaders, which they refused.
“We were called for a meeting and we told the V-C all the problems we had been facing with our governing body. I was actually surprised by the sudden interest the vice chancellor showed in discussing the problems we faced because of our governing body,” said a principal of a college in outer Delhi. He did not want to be identified.
Teachers and university officials said V-C Tyagi held Wednesday’s meeting only to up the ante against the AAP leaders.
“He knew the AAP leaders were going to question him about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degree. The V-C wanted to then counter it by raising the issues of governance in Delhi government-run colleges,” said a senior university official on condition of anonymity.
Vice chancellor Tyagi, however, said that there was nothing unusual about the meeting.
“The university consults its principals whenever there is an opportunity. It is important to meet with the principals from time to time to discuss issues and come up with constructive ideas for academic purposes,” said Tyagi.
He, however, remained mum when asked about the need to call an emergency meeting just to consult college principals.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had on Monday released the BA and MA degrees of PM Narendra Modi, after AAP questioned the PM’s educational qualifications.
On Tuesday, AAP leaders had sought a meeting with the V-C but they were given an appointment for 3pm on Wednesday instead.