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As Smriti Irani says let them be, DU VC claims staff was never suspended

The University has learnt that no suspension order has been issued to any employee of the School of Open Learning.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: June 1, 2014 2:21 am
Irani had said that in public life one should be open to scrutiny and criticism. Irani had said that in public life one should be open to scrutiny and criticism.

As human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani urged the Delhi University vice-chancellor on Saturday to “reinstate” officials who were reported to have been suspended for leaking documents related to her undergraduate admission and admit card, the university claimed that no such action had been taken against employees.

On Friday, DU’s media coordinator had confirmed that five non-teaching staff of the university’s School of Open Learning had been suspended for “accessing the system in an inappropriate manner and leaking confidential files”. However, on Saturday, the DU VC said he had learnt that no suspension order was issued to any employee of the school, but that SOL had been directed “to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future”.

On Saturday morning, Irani had tweeted that she had requested the VC to reinstate the officials. “Since DU is an autonomous institution I have put forth my personal appeal to the VC to reinstate the officials. In public life one should be open to scrutiny and criticism. So am I,” the Union HRD Minister wrote.

A statement issued by DU VC Dinesh Singh hours later denied the staff had been suspended. “The university has learnt that no suspension order has been issued to any employee of the School Of Open Learning. The university views with grave concern the matter of leakage of information related to the personal records of any student of the School of Open Learning. Such records are held by the school in a fiduciary capacity and are not available to the public at large. The university condemns such action in the strongest possible terms. Further, it has directed the School of Open Learning to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future,” the statement said.

The VC’s office further clarified that “the decision to suspend employees was a prerogative of the college’s governing body and not the university’s” and that “the decision to further inquire into the matter would also be undertaken by SOL”.

The news of the suspension had invited backlash from teachers, students and university karmacharis. While NSUI students protested outside North Campus on Saturday, Delhi University Karmachari Association president Rajpal said they had held a meeting with the VC to urge him to revoke the suspension. “He assured us that he would make sure the five employees were re-instated by Monday,” Rajpal claimed.

The Congress also condemned the “action” against SOL staff, as “vindictive” or “vengeful”. “This smacks of not only arrogance but of high-handedness. Maybe it is a precursor to the manner in which this government wants to conduct the affairs of the nation,” Manish Tewari said.

After Irani sought revocation of the reported suspension, Digvijaya Singh tweeted, “Thanks Smriti for appealing to VC DU for reinstating DU officials. Now let people of this Country know your actual Educational Qualification”.

On Friday, admitting the suspension, DU media coordinator Malay Neerav had said: “It has been confirmed by SOL authorities that five non-teaching staff have been suspended for accessing the system in an inappropriate manner and leaking confidential files without required permission from SOL authorities. All who have been suspended are from section officer rank or below. The officials themselves admitted that they had leaked the documents.” Senior officials at SOL had also confirmed the suspension, adding that “the decision was taken after moving the files through the required channels”.

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  1. M
    Jun 1, 2014 at 12:14 am
    1. B
      Jun 1, 2014 at 6:13 am
      HUM KAHAN K DANA TH'-E KIS HUNAR ME-N YAKTA TH-EBE SABAB HUA GALIB DUSHMAN AASMAN APNASamriti Irani never professed that she is highly qualified person. Samriti said judge me by my workThe other 2 reasons 4 her appt.r1. It is the prerogative of the PM to appoint any one 4 the ministry2 . It is not mentioned in the consution that the person should have the qaulification.Congress people who are objecting should first sweep before their own doors . They have looted the country from 1947 till now. They r now tweeting .I still remember Malviya case in Nehru cabnitBaldev
      1. Jafo Jafo
        Jun 1, 2014 at 3:24 am
        an employee in any organization who reveals confidential information relating to the work environment for whatever purpose other than as a part of his duty, is guilty of indiscipline and breach of service rules. once it is established disciplinary action has to be taken against that person irrespective of the opinions of the people affected by such action......
        1. J
          Jun 1, 2014 at 4:24 am
          Ms Smriti Irani is a good leader. She has done the right thing by saying that a public servant's records have to be a open book. Wonderful! -- JAMES, MUMBAI
          1. K
            Jun 1, 2014 at 2:37 am
            It is about time that politicians stop talking cheap. Educational qualification of a contestant, in this case Smiriti Irani, is inconsequential. Unlike other information such as DOB or ets, educational qualification is not a criteria for acceptance or rejection of nomination. Being a minister requires vision, honesty of purpose and dedication which she has in plenty.
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