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    Thampu resigns as St. Stephens Principal

    New Delhi (PTI): Valson Thampu, the controversial officiating principal of the prestigious St. Stephen's College here, on Saturday resigned from the post in the wake of protests over his appointment.

    The college's Supreme Council accepted his resignation from the posts of Officer on Special Duty and officiating principal and appointed M S Frank, the Vice Principal, as pro- term administrator till a full-time principal is appointed.

    "The Council met here on Saturday in an urgent meeting. It has accepted Thampu's resignation as OSD and officiating principal with deep regret," a college spokesperson said.

    The college has already initiated a process for appointing a principal, he said adding the Council has decided to advertise again for the post in view of the poor response to its earlier advertisement.

    "The new advertisement will be published soon," he said.

    Thampu had been appointed as the OSD of the college for three years in May last year after former principal Anil Wilson took over as Vice Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University.

    However, the National Commission of Minority Education Institutions (NCMEI) has held his appointment as "patently illegal" and said his appointment cannot be justified under the "cloak of minority autonomy".

    Thampu's detractors opposed his appointment, saying he did not have a PhD degree, a requirement for appointment as Principal. Later, he acquired a PhD from Allahabad Agriculture Institute-Deemed University.

    However, the UGC said his PhD was not recognised by it putting him in trouble.


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