Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has alleged several irregularities in the appointment of officiating principals, vice principals and OSDs.
As per an allegation, in November 2013, the principal was appointed in one college on the basis of the old Ordinance (which did not have a term post but a tenure till retirement), in violation of UGC regulations. “Ordinance XVIII of DU states that in the absence of a principal, either the vice principal will officiate or if a college does not have a vice principal, then the senior-most teacher will officiate as principal,” says Nandita Narain, president, DUTA.
As per the rules, any vice principal or officiating principal must have the same qualifications as principal viz 15 years’ teaching experience and a PhD. “Most colleges had a healthy practice of appointing vice principals by rotation on the basis of seniority. However, the current DU administration has been replacing this with a system of handpicked vice principals who often do not even satisfy the basic qualifications laid down in the Ordinances. This is happening particularly in colleges coming under the Delhi government, where in the absence of a regular governing body of 15 members, a quorum of five members dominated by DU representatives is functioning,” she adds.
Giving examples, she says: In Aurobindo College, the regular vice principal was removed halfway through her tenure and replaced with a handpicked vice principal who is now officiating as principal.
“In a college located in northwest Delhi, in violation of long-standing norms, a person who does not satisfy the basic qualifications was appointed as vice principal, and is now officiating as principal. Dyal Singh College has had a handpicked OSD. At a key position in College of Vocational Studies, the official who has been appointed does not have the required experience and does not qualify on the basis of other norms,” alleges Narain.
“Kirori Mal College appointed a vice principal who has been officiating as principal since the regular principal was suspended for holding a press conference. The officiating principal continues despite facing a criminal investigation, while the regular principal has been terminated by the governing body,” she says.
University officials say that a new principal cannot be appointed in KMC because the earlier principal has been suspended.