New Delhi, Oct 22: Outgoing Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh who has had an eventful tenure which saw massive controversy over the now defunct FYUP, says in the varsity's history, any VC who has tried to bring "any significant change" had faced similar opposition.
"It is not that I have been exceptionally criticised for trying to propose any reforms or ideas. It has generally been the history in the university. Any VC who has tried to bring any significant change has faced similar opposition as well as criticism. This is possibly a major reason behind why things have generally remained stagnant at the university for years in between," Singh said.
Singh, who is the only DU VC in the 93-year-old existence of DU to have been issued a show-cause notice by the HRD ministry, said, he had witnessed similar happenings ever since he was an undergraduate student of the university.
"When I was a first-year student at St Stephen's college in 1972, the then vice chancellor Professor Sarup Singh (1971-74) had introduced an administrative reform designed to improve the functioning of colleges...there was such a huge hue and cry and protests including strike by teachers that within one week he had to withdraw the same. "
Not many people know now, that Ram Kishore (1934-38) had converted the two-year undergraduate programme to a three-year course.
It had the approval from the varsity Academic Council (AC) and the Executive Council (EC) which are the statutory bodies.
At the last stage the University Court had turned it down due to major opposition. Imagine even after having all the approvals," he said.