The St. Stephen’s College under Delhi University (DU) has approved the amendments to its 102 year old constitution without forming the majority in the Governing Body meeting. It could result into break of affiliation from the DU for the college. The governing body meeting saw only ten out of the eighteen members as four teacher representatives, two DU representatives, Principal’s nominee Justice Manmohan Sarin and the GB’s Recording Secretary Sanjeev Garewal boycotted the amendments. In protest against the amendment Sanjeev Garewal also resigned from his post.
The draft was proposed before the rest of the governing body members and an eight hour long meeting took place over the amendments. As per the rule of constitution, no amendment can be passed without at least two third of the members present and two thirds of them giving the majority over the particular amendment. Despite being short of the quorum, the meeting of the governing body continued. The members who were present at the meeting along with the principal, Valson Thampu are being tight lipped about the outcome of the meeting, but in a Facebook press statement, Thampu has announced that the amendment has been approved. It is still unclear that whether the amendment draft was passed as proposed earlier or has undergone any changes. The passed draft would have to undergo another governing body meeting, which is about to take place in the next three months’ time. It has to pass from that meeting to become the amended constitution of the college.
According to the statement released by Thampu, “The marathon exercise involved the exhilarating task of harmonizing a variety of regulatory and empowering provisions and frameworks. The issues raised through a representation by faculty members were given due and careful consideration. The GB found several of their observations valuable and the final outcome is richer on that count.”