St. Stephens moves for autonomy, teachers and students unhappy

Amid protest from students and teachers, the governing body comprising 13 members passed the resolution with eight votes for and four against the motion.   

Published: 25th February 2017 07:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th February 2017 07:27 PM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The decision of giving autonomous to different colleges was the center of discussion in Delhi University (DU) months before which is on the place again.

One of the top most colleges of the country, St.Stephens of DU has successfully passed the resolution to operate without the affiliation from the varsity.  Stephens has forwarded their proposal to the committee set up by the Delhi University to look after the demand of autonomy from other colleges.

Amid protest from students and teachers, the governing body comprising 13 members passed the resolution with eight votes for and four against the motion.   

“We members were not given any time to discuss on the matter, the information about the meeting was not given in advance, the proposal was rushed there was no discussions” said Nandita Narain, Elected teacher representative, Governing Body of St.Stephens college.

The discussion over the autonomy is continuing in the college since longtime. If the government passes the proposal then St.Stephens will be out from the Delhi university. It will have its own rules and regulation, course design, fee structure, payment to the teachers etc.

Around 30 teachers and more than 700 hundred students protested outside the college opposing the college decision.

“This type of autonomy will ruin the university and will reduce the rank. Their main motive is privatization of the college. Already these colleges are governed by Church of North India trust. If the higher authority grants autonomy, cost of learning in college will increase, there will be a hike in the fee, college will remove the degree courses like Bachelors of Arts and will introduce new technical courses which will generate huge revenues for the college. There will be no reservation and poor students face hardships” said Pankaj Kumar Garg, Member of Academic council, Delhi University(DU).

“Teachers get salaries from the varsity which is a central university. If colleges will get autonomy teachers will also face problem as the salary will reduce in the ratio of 70:30. Facilities from the university will also stop” Pankaj further added.


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