Persistent strikes and agitations by the teaching and non-teaching staff and acrimony over the introduction of the semester system marked two years of Dinesh Singh as the vice-chancellor of Delhi University.
However, Singh has only good experiences to share. From the implementation of the semester system to the formulation of the Meta University concept, Singh attributes the positive changes to his team.
"Over the past two years, there are three things that have really motivated me. I have been extremely encouraged by a committed group of colleagues and co-workers. I have met different groups of teachers and I have also received very valuable suggestions from them. Lastly, our students are extremely motivated and committed and it is heartening to see them flourish," said Singh. He describes the semester system as one of the "biggest successes".
"We have undertaken several projects for students. The innovation centre and academic congress have been very successful and the Meta University and Meta college concepts too, have received a great response. The semester system too has been successfully implemented. When I took over, it was a war-like situation, but I have turned it around with the cooperation of my colleagues and the Academic Council," Singh added.
Singh assured that he would continue to push reforms.
However, the teaching fraternity of the varsity begs to differ. While acknowledging the work done by the V-C, they claim that there is a growing chasm between him and the rest of the university.
"There is an acute fragmentation in the university now. The V-C needs to reach out to the entire teaching community, including the elected body. While he may have done some good work, the system doesn't have the elasticity to cope with so many experiments," said Sanam Khanna, professor of English, Kamla Nehru College.
Students feel that they should be kept in the loop while implementing such policies.
"The V-C did not take into account our concerns while pushing his reforms agenda," said Arun Hooda, DUSU president.