St Stephens College being run like private property: Cong MP
Prestigious St Stephens College on Friday plunged into a controversy with Congress MP and alumni Sandeep Dikshit accusing it of being run like a "private property", a charge vehemently denied by the 130-year-old institution.
New Delhi: Prestigious St Stephens College
on Friday plunged into a controversy with Congress MP and alumni
Sandeep Dikshit accusing it of being run like a "private
property", a charge vehemently denied by the 130-year-old
Dikshit, the east Delhi MP and son of Chief Minister
Sheila Dikshit, said it would be a national loss if his alma
mater is run like in the present manner.
"Those who run the institution, they run it like a
private property. Unfortunately, anybody whose children or
grandchildren aspire to study there, they won`t like to
criticise the institute. The issue is that nobody wants to
bell the cat," he said.
He alleged that the current college administration was
Pointing fingers at Principal Valson Thampu, he said he
had acquired a PhD degree from "somewhere around two years
back" which was not upto the standards of a principal of St
His comments came in the backdrop of his removal from
the College Governing body. He had been nominated to the body
as the alumni representative to the body on October 28, 2009
but he never attended it nor accepted his nomination.
Reacting to the allegations, the College Governing
Council said in a statement that they did not remove Dikshit
from the body but withdrew the nomination as he "never
accepted (it) over one year and seven months".
The statement signed by seven members of the Council
said the decision to this effect was unanimous as also the
nomination of Justice Krishan Kaul in his place.
"Soon after Dikshit was nominated, the Principal wrote
to him personally inviting him but he never bothered to
acknowledge or reply. He then requested an alumnus close to
Dikshit to request him to take interest in college matters. To
her, he expressed resentment that he was nominated without his
consent," the statement said.
It said the principal`s personal request to Dikshit in
the same regard was met with the response that he was a busy
Parliamentarian and that he would not be able to attend
Governing Body meetings.
Reacting to a media report quoting Dikshit as saying
that the college was being run like a communal body, the
statement termed the allegations as "baseless and prejudiced".