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Thampu illegally appointed as St Stephen OSD


Parikshit Luthra,CNN-IBN
Jan 31, 2008 at 12:12am IST

New Delhi: Delhi University has more than its fair share of controversies and the latest one is over the appointment of Reverend Valsan Thampu as OSD of St Stephen’s College for it is now becoming increasingly clear that Thampu’s appointment is illegal on all counts.

Valson Thampu has been in the news ever since he took over as OSD on the May 9, 2007.

The legality of Valsan Thampu's appointment as Officer on Special Duty at St Stephen's college in Delhi was questioned right from the first day.

However, a can of worms opened up soon after a petition was filed in the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions.

In an affidavit before the Commission, the Delhi University declared Thampu's appointment as illegal.

"University ordinances seek PhD degree. The qualifications of OSD should be the same as that are for the principal," said Delhi University's Vice-Chancellor, Deepak Pental.

In order to authenticate his appointment and become eligible for the post of principal, Rev Thampu needed a PhD degree.

According to the Delhi University Teacher's Association he did not have a PhD till November 2007.

CNN-IBN learnt that he obtained a degree next month from Allahabad Agricultural University, but in Theology, which is not recognised by the UGC.

A spokesperson from the Allahabad Agricultural Institute (deemed Univeristy) said, “Dr Thampu – Rev Thampu – who was the principal of St Stephen's College in Delhi, he has also completed (a degree).”

Meanwhile, Rev Thampu has allegedly been threatening all those who have dared to question his authority.

Two teachers of the history department have been given a show-cause notice.

The DUTA is now urging the vice chancellor to take prompt action and want an independent inquiry to take place.

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