Amid standoff, Dyal Singh College principal takes classes outside

Principal I S Bakshi took classes outside the college

In the latest standoff between the principal and Governing Body chairman of the Dyal Singh College (DSC Morning), Principal I S Bakshi was not allowed to enter the college premises to take his class on Wednesday, forcing him to convene one outside the college gate. Bakshi said he has filed a police complaint in this regard.

The college teachers’ association said they will go on strike from November 5 if the Governing Body chairman was not “immediately removed” from his position. They also received support from Rajouri Garden MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa, who was present outside the college.

“I had gone to the college on Monday to take my class. At that time there was no problem. But today, the guards stopped me at the gate, and said the chairman’s orders prohibited my entry. Then I called my students, roughly 25 of them, and took my class outside, sitting on the floor. I also informed the police and gave them a written complaint,” Bakshi said.

Meanwhile, the DSC Teachers’ Association said Sinha had “compounded the crisis”. “The sordid drama unfolding here cannot be tolerated any longer and DSCTA along with JAC (Joint Action Committee) and DUTA will be forced to go on protest… if Mr Sinha is not removed immediately from the post of chairman… As a matter of fact, renewal of his term is due on November 3, and if DU authorities do not accept our demand, DSCTA will be forced to take precipitative action from November 5 onwards,” said DSCTA president P K Parihar.

Sinha, however, told The Indian Express that he would not be continuing as GB Chairman. “Yesterday I had a long meeting with the Vice-Chancellor. He asked me to continue but I expressed my inability to continue because of my professional compulsions. Everybody knows this, some people are trying to take advantage of this information to further their political agenda.”