Members of Delhi University’s Executive Council (EC) on Sunday took exception to comments by Chancellor’s nominee Javid Chowdhury, who alleged that university processes lacked transparency.
Chowdhury recently wrote a letter to DU vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh that norms were flouted in the May 9 EC meeting on the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP). He claimed his viewpoints were not put on record.
However, 16 EC members, in a signed statement on Sunday, said that Chowdhury chose not to record an official dissent in the meeting.
Chowdhury had raised the issue of the EC not being provided the draft syllabi of the courses the body was to approve in the meeting. However, EC members stated that according to the Delhi University Act, it was the mandate of the Academic Council (AC) to discuss the changes in syllabi in depth whereas the EC’s mandate is only to “discuss the draft amendments for the framing of ordinances seeking to change the syllabi adopted by AC”.
“In the May 9 meeting too, Chowdhury raised this matter, and upon being answered in detail chose not to record any dissent on the matter,” the statement by EC members said. “Only two people dissented in the EC meeting and Chowdhury was not one of them. This is an attempt to malign the democratic process,” said CS Dubey, member, Executive Council.
In a separate statement, 81 individuals belonging to the executive council, academic council, deans of departments, principals of colleges and teaching faculty of DU registered their protest against those they said are trying to “hijack or derail the process” of the implementation of the FYUP.
Proclaiming that the university had infrastructure to implement FYUP, officials said laptops would be given to each teacher loaded with technology-based teaching lecterns.