NCMEI asks Stephen's College to appoint new principal
New Delhi (PTI): Holding the appointment of Valson Thampu as OSD of St Stephen's College here as "patently illegal", the regulatory authority of minority educational institutions on Tuesday asked the college to take "urgent corrective" measures and appoint a new principal.
The National Commission of Minority Education Institutions (NCMEI) termed the appointment of Thampu as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at the prestigious college as a case of maladministration and said his appointment cannot be justified under the "cloak of minority's autonomy".
"The minority educational institutions cannot be allowed to fall below the standards of excellence expected of educational institutions or under the guise of exclusive right of management, to decline to follow the general pattern," the NCMEI said in its order.
"The right to administer educational institutions does not include the right to mal-administration. Thus in a case of mal-administration, the regulatory authority of the state authority can take corrective measures in the interest of academic excellence," it said.
Thampu had been appointed the OSD of the college for three years after former principal Anil Wilson took over as the Vice Chancellor of the Himachal Pradesh University.
His appointment had been challenged at the NCMEI by ex-student Sheetal Singh following which the commission had issued notices to the Delhi University and supreme council of the college.
The Delhi University had replied that the appointment of Thampu as the OSD was patently illegal which the commission upheld on Tuesday.