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Fireworks at Stephen’s meet

delhi Updated: Oct 29, 2009 01:22 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh
Joyeeta Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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As expected, the 220th Governing Body (GB) meeting of St Stephen’s College turned out to be a very stormy affair. It had to be adjourned till November 17 after Principal Valson Thampu complained of ill-health during the meeting.

While most decisions were kept pending, Member of Parliament Sandeep Dixit was appointed alumni representative on the Body for three years.

Some other well-known figures who were earlier appointed as alumni representative include Shankar Ghose, founder of Charkha, an NGO, and Justice Vikramjeet Sen.

The meeting began with obituaries to Dr Anil Wilson, ex-principal and some others associated with the college.

Ajay Singha, an ex-student of the college and a member of the Body, who had alleged that he was illegally removed by the principal to accommodate election commissioner S.Y. Qureshi, did not attend the meet.

The Delhi High Court had Tuesday had passed an order restraining Qureshi from participating in the meeting.

Sources said, the Governing Body decided that till the time the constitution was amended to replace the Synodical Board of Higher Education (SBHE) with another body, Reverend Enos Das Pradhan will remain an observer and will not enjoy any rights of a GB member.

Rev Enos. is a member in the Supreme Council (SC) and the Governing Body.

Singha, who had earlier filed documents before the High Court, had expressed doubts over the legality of the membership of Rev Enos.

Heated exchanges took place when Governing Body members protested the presence of the bursar, N Raghunathan, during the appointment of the new treasurer.

“The treasurer’s term is over and when the new appointee is being discussed, the presence of the bursar, who is the treasurer’s appointee, is illegal,” said a member. The bursar left the meeting after the protest.

The proposal to amend the constitution to recognise at all times the right of the Synod of the Church of North India (CNI) to have at least one representative on the SC, as well as to increase its influence, will be taken up on November 17.