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DU V-C replies to HRD ministry’s show-cause notice

Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh has responded to the HRD ministry’s show-cause notice seeking that he explain his position regarding the introduction of the controversial FYUP and other allegations against him.

Singh sent his reply to the ministry last evening, within the 15-day deadline set for the same, highly-placed HRD ministry sources said.

However, both the ministry as well as Delhi University remained tight-lipped over the arguments put forth by the V-C in his reply.

The reply, which sources said runs into over 100-pages, is currently being examined by the ministry and it will send its recommendations to the Visitor to DU, President Pranab Mukherjee.

While the Delhi University Act does not confer any power on the government to recall the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, ministry officials said that they can invoke the General Services Records to get the VC removed by the appointing authority.

Apart from inquiring as to the legality of introducing the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), the ministry had sought Singh’s reply on the opening of B.Tech courses under the varsity without due clearance from AICTE and the diversion of funds to the tune of Rs 172 crore meant for OBC students to buy laptops. Singh was issued a show-cause notice on March 17 after the Visitor’s nod.

The DU V-C has faced controversy ever since the FYUP was brought in, allegedly without the due clearances. His tenure as the DU V-C ends in October this year.

The FYUP was scrapped in June last year after the NDA government came to office and following pressure from UGC that it be done away with.
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