Delhi University (DU) teachers are offended with the autonomy granted to St. Stephen’s College.

Last Updated: 2011-03-28T07:19:09+05:30

DU Teachers Protests Against Autonomy to St. Stephen’s

New Delhi: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal has declared a proposal in which the St. Stephen’s college will be converted into autonomous institution and have the power to issue their own degree for prospective educational programmes. However, Delhi University (DU) teachers are against this autonomy granted to St. Stephen’s College.
According to the DU teachers, St. Stephen's is one of the best reputed colleges across India. Moreover, if this move gets implemented then it will be a great loss for Delhi University. Teachers are also concerned about the future functioning of the St. Stephen's College.
Bharati Pradhan, Economic Department faculty member, said that the Delhi University already have been refused for the concept of autonomous colleges, as its aimed to make institutions more self-sufficient by increasing their resources.
She also said that the concept of making colleges autonomous creates a sense of diversity rather than unifying entities that are socially diverse. Delhi University (DU) has already lost the Delhi College of Engineering and since St. Stephen's is one of the jewels of the university, making it autonomous will not be a wise move.
As per sources, Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) has forced the DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh to oppose the move of declaring St. Stephen's an autonomous institution, taken by the HRD ministry. 
- By Iti Agarwal
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