Human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal today appealed to protesting Delhi University (DU) teachers to get back to taking classes, assuring them that their concerns over a controversial semester system will be addressed.
Outgoing Vice Chancellor (VC) Deepak Pental’s successor will take up the concerns that have brought teachers to the streets, Sibal told reporters today, adding that the ministry would facilitate a dialogue.
“It is the students at DU who are suffering eventually. I appeal to the teachers to get back to taking classes. The new VC will look into all their concerns, which will be amicably addressed,” the HRD minister said.
“We must think of the children.”DU south campus director Dinesh Singh is likely to become the new VC of India’s largest university, with the HRD ministry recommending his name to the President for her stamp of approval.
“We appreciate the intervention of the minister in the matter and welcome the decision to go back to debate and dialogue for implementation of the semester system,” said Aditya Narayan Misra, president, DU Teachers Association (DUTA). “The semester system was passed in violation of all acts and ordinances,” Misra added.
DUTA will discuss Sibal’s appeal at a meeting of its executive council on Thursday and the governing body meeting on Friday, Misra said.
An HRD ministry selection panel had picked Dinesh Singh, Lady Sriram College Principal Meenakshi Gopinath, VC of Hyderabad University Syed Hasnain and Jawaharlal Nehru University professor BS Chimni as final candidates for the post.
Gopinath and Singh were viewed as the two strongest contenders and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is understood to have agreed to Singh’s appointment.