In the eye of storm: A month later, fresh row at St Stephen’s

Weeks after a student of St. Stephen's college took the college principal to court after a row over an online magazine and to revoke an unfair suspension last month, a teacher and the administrative officer have accused the insitution of levelling false charges against them.
HT Image
HT Image
Updated on May 20, 2015 07:18 AM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Yet another controversy has broken out at St. Stephen’s College.

Weeks after a student took the college principal to court after a row over an online magazine and to revoke an unfair suspension last month, a teacher and the administrative officer have accused the insitution of levelling false charges against them.

The administrative officer is Subha Kumar Dash, who was earlier suspended by principal Valson Thampu and later reinstated after he moved court.

The charges against Dash this time are of embezzlement of funds. A complaint has been filed with the police.

“Certain irregularities of funds have come to light and that was reported to the governing body. The matter has been reported to the police and the investigating authority will take the matter forward,” Thampu said.

Dash claimed that the bills Thampu was referring to, on the basis of which allegations have been levelled, were “blank”. He said if a complaint had been filed, he had still not been given a copy of it.

“If Thampu has acted in this manner then it a clear contempt of the previous court order,” said Dash.

The other complaint is regarding Mathematics teacher and Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) president Nandita Narain. The college’s governing body has written to the university, asking the vice-chancellor to take action against her on the basis of several complaints by principals of some colleges.

Thampu said,”The complaint against Nandita Narain had come from the university registrar, so I placed it before the governing body. Then the governing body decided that the matter should be sent back to the university asking them to take appropriate action.”

Narain said the allegations were bogus and it was an attempt by the principal to malign her and expel her from the university.

“The principal has raised the issue of taking extra classes for students in the governing body meet. How can I refuse students extra help before the exams. I feel I have been targeted because in the past I have expressed strong disagreement with the principal on student issues,” said Narain.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) declared the Class-10 results on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

    PSEB Class-10 results: Mohali rises in ranking, slips in pass percentage

    Even though Mohali district rose by two spots from last year's ranking in the PSEB Class 10 exams, its pass percentage dropped from 99.91% to 99%. Last year, Mohali was placed 17th among the 23 districts. This year, it improved its standing to 15th, with Gurdaspur district bagging the top spot. As many as 9,401 students from 109 Mohali schools appeared in the exams and 9,307 passed.

  • A pack of five atracurim vials, a paralytic drug used in anaesthesia, was lying near the doctor, with four of the vials empty, said Mohali police. (iStock)

    32-year-old doctor ends life in Mohali’s Phase 2

    A 32-year-old doctor allegedly ended his life by injecting himself with a paralytic drug used in anaesthesia at his rented accommodation in Phase 2 on Monday night. The doctor, who hailed from Rupnagar, was living alone in the rented house for the last three months and worked at a private hospital in Sector 34, Chandigarh. The autopsy will be conducted at the Phase-6 civil hospital on Wednesday.

  • On Monday, Kalyani had applied for bail before a local court. Her plea will be taken up for hearing on July 8. (HT Photo)

    Sippy Sidhu murder: Kalyani’s judicial custody extended

    A local court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Kalyani Singh, an accused in the murder of national-level shooter and lawyer Sukhmanpreet Singh, alias Sippy Sidhu. Lodged in Model Jail, Sector 51, since June 21, Kalyani, 36, was produced in court via video conferencing. On Monday, she had applied for bail before a local court. Her plea will be taken up for hearing on July 8.

  • Chandigarh administration had recently appointed 30 medical officers on deputation from Punjab, two from Himachal Pradeshand one from Delhi, while hiring none from Haryana. (HT)

    Haryana miffed over Chandigarh hiring medical officers from Punjab, other states

    The UT administration's decision to appoint 33 medical officers (MOs) on deputation from Punjab, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh, and none from Haryana has not gone down well with the Haryana government. Highlighting its displeasure through a letter, the Haryana government has urged the UT administration to maintain the 60:40 ratio between Punjab and Haryana while filling up the vacant posts of MOs and dental surgeons. Till then, Haryana had not sent any panel of doctors.

  • The fee hike will not apply to students belonging to SC/ST and EWS categories. (HT File Photo)

    Panjab University senate okays fee hike for campus, affiliated colleges

    In a major decision, the Panjab University senate on Tuesday approved the proposed fee hike in its teaching departments, regional centres and affiliated colleges for the 2022-23 session. A 5% increase in fee will be implemented for students of the ongoing batches. The fee hike, however, was met with opposition by some senators. The fee hikes over the past years have never gone down well with students.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, July 06, 2022