Di­nesh Singh: An in­no­va­tive V- C pushed to the wall

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New Delhi: Re­fus­ing to budge from his stand of go­ing ahead with FYUP to fi­nally fol­low­ing the UGC di­rec­tive, Delhi Univer­sity vice- chan­cel­lor Di­nesh Singh comes across as a strong and able ad­min­is­tra­tor. While agree­ing to go back to the three years grad­u­a­tion course on Fri­day, Singh had said, “The univer­sity of Delhi recog­nises the need of the hour. It is of para­mount im­por­tance to pro­tect the in­ter­est of the stu­dents by en­sur­ing the start of ad­mis­sion process.”

From in­tro­duc­ing se­mes­ter sys­tem fol­lowed by the con­tro­ver­sial four years un­der­gradu- ate pro­gramme in the Delhi Univer­sity to car­ry­ing out mi­nor plumb­ing works in the wash­room of his of­fice on his own, Di­nesh Singh did it all.

While most V- Cs would work from within the four walls of his of­fice, Singh adopted a dif­fer­ent ap­proach. Be­fore in­tro­duc­ing the FYUP, he had held con­sul­ta­tions with school stu­dents and par­ents. Singh had also called an Aca­demic Congress invit­ing stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing those from field of aca­demics, sci­ences and the glam­our world seek­ing feed­back on the four years pro­gramme.

Break­ing away from his con­tem­po­raries fol­lowed who would only in­ter­act with teach­ers through their depart­ment heads or the Delhi Univer­sity Teach- ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion ( DUTA), Singh in­ter­acted with the teach­ers di­rectly. While Singh was un­avail­able for com­ment on Satur­day, he had told this re­porter on an ear­lier oc­ca­sion, “I want the teach­ers to speak their minds. The depart­ment heads or po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives can have their bi­ases. For the univer­sity ev­ery opin­ion is valu­able.”

It was a Di­nesh Singh’s ini­tia­tive that the univer­sity for the first time funded re­search projects at the un­der­grad­u­ate level. Singh had also brought to­gether af­fil­i­ated col­leges through An­ter­d­whani — Univer­sity’s an­nual fest. It was Singh’s ini­tia­tive that Gyan­o­daya Ex­press, a train that took the stu­dents to ed­u­ca­tional tour was flagged off.

Open­ing his of­fice for a one­day in­tern­ship was also one of Di­nesh Singh’s unique ini­tia­tives. Two stu­dents from a col­lege would spend a day at his of­fice to get a sense of how the of­fice of the V- C works. The prac­tice con­tin­ued for over a year. He also had a sep­a­rate email ad­dress to in­ter­act with stu­dents.

While a sec­tion of teach­ers have been against Singh’s style of work­ing, he has been a pop­u­lar V- C amongst most teach­ers and stu­dents.

This is prob­a­bly one of the first oc­ca­sion in Singh’s ca­reer as a V- C that he has been pushed to the wall. While DUTA pres­i­dent Nandita Narain has been de­mand­ing Di­nesh Singh’s res­ig­na­tion, oth­ers feel that to bring a re­form in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, people like Singh are needed in the sys­tem. Prof Chan­drachur Singh of Hindu Col­lege, who is cur­rently work­ing as the In­dian Re­search Co­or­di­na­tor at the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham said, “The whole world looks up to him. The other day I was in a meet­ing with leading aca­demics who said prime min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi re­quires people like Di­nesh Singh to trans­form his dreams into re­al­ity. Un­for­tu­nately, pol­i­tics at the lower level has won,” he said in an email to the dna.

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