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Students to appear before Supreme Council at St Stephen’s College for admission

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New Delhi: The row over the decision of St Stephen’s College Principal John Varghese to include a member of the Supreme Council in the interview panel for selection of students for admission escalated on Tuesday with the college issuing a “formal warning” to a member of the Governing Body who had protested the decision.

In a letter to Nandita Narain, who on Monday issued a press release signed by three teachers of the college, Varghese said she had issued “false and irresponsible” comments to the media concerning the revised admission guidelines passed by the Supreme Council of St Stephen’s College.

“I wish to bring to your notice that what you falsely claimed as the decision of the principal is in fact the decision of the Supreme Council which has the sole power to decide on the admission policy as the college is a Christian minority institution,” Varghese said.

He said guidelines were duly reported in the governing body held on March 14, 2019 in the presence of the teachers’ representatives.

The letter, a formal letter of warning, said Narain had “deliberately” chosen to “ignore the facts”.

 

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It said the press release was “complete concoction, factually and legally incorrect”, and against the code of professional ethics and ethos of the institution.

“You may take this letter as a formal warning issued to you. You are advised not to repeat such irresponsible and unbecoming behaviour in future failing which the college will be forced to take appropriate action against you,” the letter said.

The members of the Governing Body of the college had on Monday accused Varghese of taking an “illegal decision” to include a member of the Supreme Council in the interview panel for selection of students for admission to the college and sought withdrawal of the decision.

The Supreme Council is a subset of six members of the Governing Body (managing committee) who are all members of the Church of North India (CNI).

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In the release issued by Narain, Associate Professor in the department of mathematics, the members said that Varghese made the shocking announcement of including a member of the Supreme Council in the interview panel at a meeting of the college staff council.

The Chairperson of both the Supreme Council and the Governing Body is the Bishop of Delhi, and the Principal is the Member Secretary of both the bodies.

The release said the decision was in violation of the college constitution which categorically stipulates that the Supreme Council shall have no jurisdiction in the administration of the college.

“Never in the history of the college has a non-academic person from outside the college faculty been a member of the admission process,” the release said.

 

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The Governing Body members also said that no such decision had been announced by Varghese in its meeting held on March 14.

They said the Principal had made this unilateral announcement in the Staff Council and he had acted in violation of powers.

The release said the undersigned teachers “strongly condemn the illegal and unacademic decision taken by the Principal that could compromise the academic integrity of our admission process, and demand that it is withdrawn.”

It is understood that a decision has also been taken that cut-offs for interviews could be dropped up to 25 per cent for those belonging to CNI Delhi diocese-which manages the college-compared to the general category students.

 

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Teacher in UP withdraws Rs 1 crore salary by simultaneously worked in 25 schools.

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Anamika Shukla is a full-time teacher currently employed at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya. Shukla was registered as a teacher in districts such as Amethi, Ambedkarnagar, Raebareli, Prayahraj, Aligarh and others.

After reports that a teacher worked in 25 schools simultaneously and earned over Rs 1 crore as salary in 13 months, the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday said a probe is on and “nothing has been confirmed so far”.

“Acting on media reports, Additional Director, Basic Education was ordered to probe the matter. Nothing has been confirmed so far. The name of a teacher has come to light. She is absconding now. It is being said that Rs 1 crore was paid as salary. This is not at all true. No such thing has been confirmed,” Director General School Education Vijay Kiran Anand PTI.

“A probe is on and if allegations are true, an FIR will be lodged. The transfer of money (salary) in her bank account has also not been done. Divisional officers are investigating the matter. Strict action will be taken if any teacher is found to be working as a proxy teacher in other schools,” the officer said.

According to complaints, a woman teacher who is native of Mainpuri worked in over 25 schools and drew a salary of over Rs one crore.

There are allegations that she worked as a science teacher in Kastruba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in Ambedkar Nagar, Baghpat, Aligarh, Saharanpur, Prayagraj and other places.

KGBV teachers are appointed on contract and get Rs 30,000 as pay.

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