DUTA asks President Pranab to push through probe against Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh 

By Mail Today Bureau

The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) on Tuesday sought the intervention of President Pranab Mukherjee for conducting an inquiry into irregularities of more than Rs 200 crore that took place under Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh's watch.

"On the basis of White Paper, the DUTA is demanding a comprehensive inquiry by President Pranab Mukherjee against the vice-chancellor, pending which, he should be made to go on leave. His continuing presence in the university, in the capacity of its chief administrative and academic officer, is detrimental to the interests of this university," DUTA president Nandita Narain said, citing replies of two RTIs filed by Academic Council members.

The DUTA, an elected body of the university, on Tuesday released the 'White Paper' on the alleged irregularities and violation of the Delhi University Act by Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh.

Mail Today had on August 1 reported the allegations of "financial, administrative and academic" wrongdoings against Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh

Mail Today had on August 1 reported the allegations of "financial, administrative and academic" wrongdoings against Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh

In a 41-page release, the DUTA points out that ever since Singh took office, he has been flouting statutory rules and created an oppressive environment and the V-C has committed gross financial, administrative and academic regularities of over Rs 200 crore during his tenure.

The release questioned Singh's action to divert OBC grants meant for expansion in teaching faculty and up-gradation of infrastructure towards the purchase of laptops for the FYUP students.

"The RTI replies have shown that there have been grave misuse of OBC funds…Money supposed to have been spent on students, teachers, class was diverted in giving laptop to the newly admitted students under FYUP course, which again is illegal," the DUTA said.


"There were grave violation in introducing the FYUP which was in conflict with national policy 10+2+3 and the V-C violated the DU Act's attendant provisions. There was appointment made of ad hoc teachers illegally by appointing faculty who favoured the FYUP as Singh appointed his favorites in all the selection committee and head of departments," it alleged.

Violation of rules was also brought to notice with regard to the setting up of cluster innovation centre. Three courses were conducted under the cluster innovation centre in violation of the UGC rule that requires such courses to be sent to UGC six months prior to their introduction, the association said.

The DUTA also alleged that there has been an illegal diversion of funds over Rs 100 crore from the university's School of Open Learning. For a long time, DU professors had claimed that Singh was largely "inaccessible" in his office. His frequent trips abroad made the vice-chancellor unavailable to students and teachers.

"He has met the DUTA only once on June 2 and that too only after the directions from the HRD minister. The dialogue has been replaced with the misuse of office to deny space for meetings and then threaten and harass the teachers brutally suppressing any questioning of his misgovernance," Sanjay Bohidar of DUTA, said.

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