DU’s Hindi dept head­less for 24 days

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Delhi Uni­ver­sity’s Hindi depart­ment has had no head for 24 days now as there is a tus­sle over the ap­point­ment. The vice-chan­cel­lor’s of­fice is con­sid­er­ing the mat­ter. Pro­test­ers on Mon­day took out a ‘Jus­tice March’ in North Cam­pus al­leg­ing that DU ad­min­is­tra­tion is cre­at­ing hur­dles re­gard­ing the ap­point­ment of She­o­raj Singh, as he is a dalit.

The pro­test­ers de­manded the HOD’s po­si­tion should not be left va­cant. They sub­mit­ted a mem­o­ran­dum to the VC’s of­fice. “We de­mand the depart­ment re­lease the se­nior­ity list and based on that, pro­fes­sor Singh should be given the charge of HOD with­out de­lay,” said Han­sraj Su­man of the aca­demic­fo­rum for so­cial jus­tice.

He stated that this was the first-ever in­stance in the his­tory of the uni­ver­sity where the depart­ment has not had an HOD in the past 24 days. “Singh’s name is on the top of the se­nior­ity list, de­spite that, they are not mak­ing him the head. This shows that in higher educationa­l in­sti­tu­tions, caste dis­crim­i­na­tion is still preva­lent,” he al­leged.

Speak­ing to TOI,

Singh, said that he has been per­form­ing du­ties as act­ing HOD and act­ing dean of the Fac­ulty of Arts, “yet, it has been over three weeks since the pre­vi­ous head fin­ished his term, but the uni­ver­sity is de­lay­ing my ap­point­ment .”

The pro­fes­sor, who goes by the pen name ‘Bechain,’ said, “From the time the HOD fin­ished his term on Septem­ber12, I have been car­ry­ing out du­ties as the head but have not of­fi­cially been ap­pointed yet. It is the con­ven­tion to ap­point the se­nior­most pro­fes­sor of the depart­ment as the head. This clearly proves that it is be­cause I am a dalit.”

He had also al­leged that there is an­other pro­fes­sor in the depart­ment who has been try­ing for the HOD’s po­si­tion. “Pro­fes­sor KN Ti­wari has sent a pre­sen­ta­tion to the ad­min­is­tra­tion to be­come the HOD.” Singh al­leged that the pro­fes­sor has been go­ing around telling peo­ple that “he will not let a dalit be­come an HOD.”

Ti­wari, how­ever, stated that he never sent any pre­sen­ta­tion. He also re­jected the al­le­ga­tions that he made casteist state­ments.

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