Facing allegations of mismanagement by the university administration, the principal of Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College (KMC) may face ouster. According to members of the governing body of the college, a unanimous decision was taken earlier this month to set up an inquiry against KMC principal Bhim Sen Singh.
"Some teachers have complained against Singh and his rude behaviour. Added to this is his and the teachers' absence from the college on the first day of the second semester when the vice-chancellor visited many colleges. This brought a lot of embarrassment to the college," said a member of the college's governing body, on condition of anonymity.
"Verbal complaints were made to the DU administration by some members of the governing body and we received a letter from the Dean of Colleges to discuss the matter in the next meeting. We have unanimously decided to set up an inquiry. We have also suggested to the principal that he step down till the time that the inquiry is on," he added.
While the Dean of Colleges refused to comment on the matter, Singh could not be contacted as his phone was switched off. He did not reply to SMSes either.
This is not for the first time that the university has suggested suspending Singh. The university had written to the governing body in October 2010 as well, citing the non-implementation of the semester system as the reason.
KMC was one of the 11 colleges named by the former vice-chancellor Deepak Pental for defying the university orders and not implementing the semester system. "The head of the inquiry will be a retired High Court judge in all probability. The reputation of the college is of prime importance for us and we want it to be maintained at all costs," said the governing body member.