The Association of Old Stephanians has released a white paper detailing alleged “maladministration and mismanagement” under Principal Valson Thampu and sought “urgent intervention by MHRD and a comprehensive audit by the CAG’. The group, which is not recognized by the college, said it will also will seek the prime minister’s intervention for the removal of Thampu.
The paper lists various alleged illegalities in the college during Thampu’s tenure, including “illegal appointments of management authorities, improper functioning of the governing body, alleged victimisation of students and staff by the principal, financial mismanagement and instances of questionable admissions in the college”.
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Deeming various appointments like that of the principal, college chairman, members of the supreme council and governing body ‘illegal’, the paper says that “teacher have refused to participate in the governing body meetings” on account of the ‘hostile atmosphere’.
The alumni also lashed out at DU Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh. “Thampu has a degree in theology — a subject not taught in college. The principal has to have a degree in a subject taught in college. DU has just looked the other way,” Sunil Mathews, an alumni, said.
Meanwhile, the college’s supreme council on Monday passed a resolution on the “false propaganda against the college involving certain alumni and others misusing their media connections”.
“The alumni have no right to interfere in the administration and internal life of the college…,” the resolution reads. When asked about the white paper and the various accusations, Thampu said, “The resolutions taken by the supreme council are response enough to all allegations against me.”