New Delhi: Differences between DU Vice
Chancellor Deepak Pental and faculty intensified with teachers
today saying they will not accept semester-based system
introduced "without consulting" them, a charge denied by the
"We will go according to the annual system. The VC has
eroded powers of the councils by not discussing the matter.
His act is in violation of the University Act enacted by the
Parliament," DU Teachers Association (DUTA) President Aditya
Narayan Misra told reporters here.
The teachers also said they would not accept the
semester-based system introduced by the dean "arbitrarily and
autocratically without consulting with the Academic or
Claiming that no syllabus for current academic session
was officially passed, the faculty members said the time table
of the various colleges will be prepared in line with the
However, Pental denied the charges.
"The fact is that DUTA disrupted almost every meeting of
the course committee as they don`t want the semester system.
Besides it is not possible to consult each and every one,"
Pental told PTI.
The teachers also accused him of "hushing up" and
mdelaying internal probe into Mayapuri radiation exposure
after a gamma irradiator containing radioactive cobalt-60 was
sold as scrap by the University.
"Internal inquiry is nothing but a hush-up. The VC is
deliberately delaying the report, to be submitted in one
month, as his term will come to an end in two months time," he
Demanding VC`s arrest in the case, Misra alleged that the
internal inquiry committee members have "close links" with the
VC and expressed doubt about the veracity of the inquiry.
Denying the allegations, Pental said, "The committee will
file the report by July end. The members are a retired
professor and two other experts from outside the university.
DUTA is trying to belittle the university by raising the
The teachers also sought to know why the dean has not
convened the mandatory Annual General Body meeting, the agenda
of which was to prepare a report on administrative and
financial matters and submit it before the President who is
the University Visitor.
"The last AGM was convened on 9th March 2009, over 15
months earlier. This year`s AGM meeting, scheduled on May
28, was postponed and has not convened so far," Misra said.
The Delhi University Teachers` Association will hold a
march on July 8 from Indian Institute of Public Administration
to the Delhi Police Headquarters, ITO, to demand the arrest of
Pental for selling the gamma cell containing Cobalt-60.
"The usual procedure is to return the radioactive
material to BARC or to the Canada-based company which
manufactured it. Why did the VC sold it as scrap ignoring all
safety rules," Misra asked.