St. Stephen’s acting principal resigns

March 15th, 2008 - 11:58 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) The acting principal of Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College Valson Thampu Saturday resigned from the post citing personal reasons. “From Monday, Thampu will not be the college’s acting principal. He has put in his papers, citing personal reasons,” Sunil Mathew, the media advisor of the college, told reporters.

Thampu had taken charge as the officer on special duty (OSD) of the college in May 2007 to officiate as the principal. The vacancy had arisen following the appointment of Anil Wilson, then college head, as vice-chancellor of Himachal University in January 2007.

He was in the midst of a controversy after doubts were raised over the validity of his Ph.D. degree and whether he fulfilled the criteria.

As per the norms of the University Grants Commission (UGC) that governs the functioning of higher education institutions and universities in the country, a college principal must possess a valid Ph.D. degree.

There were doubts on whether Thampu had got his Ph.D. from a university recognised by the UGC.

Thampu confirmed to the media that he had resigned but did not specify the reasons behind the move.

“It is a personal matter, and I will not like to make comments,” he said.

The college administration said the Supreme Council would decide shortly on Thampu’s successor before the appointment of a regular principal.

In July 2007 Thampu decided to increase the quota for Christian students to 40 percent, out which 10 percent was set aside for Dalit Christian students, a move that drew flak from many quarters.

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