Professor Ved Kumari, Dean and Head, Faculty of Law, Delhi University has resigned from her post with effect from June 17 citing poor state of affairs at the law faculty and non-resolution of the issues especially due to
non-cooperation of the University authorities etc.
India Legal has in its possession the hard hitting resignation letter (see below) of Kumari addressed to Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University lashing out at the dismal state of affairs in the law faculty and how despite flagging the concerns the University officials turned a blind eye to it ultimately leading to the resignation of the Professor.
The letter by Kumari mentions nine points in which she clearly states that the law faculty was functioning inefficiently and all her efforts to improve it was turning futile because of the lackadaisical approach of the University officials in ameliorating it.
The nine points mentioned in the letter are given below:
- Failure to ensure that justice is done to hardworking students who attend classes regularly as now students with as low as 31% attendance are not only being permitted to take exam but are also being given marks for attendance by giving them additional attendance for tutorials at institutional level without even holding the tutorial classes and maintaining fake records;
- Failure to secure any action against the whimsical,arrogant andoppressive behavior of PIC, CLC despite having given a compiled list of complaints against her from students, teachers, non-teaching staff of the Faculty as well as University of Delhi and the Dean herself since July 2018;
- Failure to get promotions long due for teachers under CAS despite having done everything required of the Dean;
- Failure to get teachers’ rooms opened in Umang Bhawan which have remained locked up putting teachers to great inconvenience as they continue to carry their bags with their lunch, books and registers on their shoulders day after day and have no office space to meet students or do their own research;
- Failure to get salary released for seven months to Section Officer who worked very sincerely and who has now been replaced by another SO;
- Failure to get salaries paid to two very hardworking, professional and sincere JACTs (hired after due advertisement and interview) who were retained to work in the office of the Dean, Faculty of Law that was understaffed being without a PA, Administrative Officer, Senior Assistant, Assistant, and functioning only with a retired SO, (who was also not being given extension and salary) and three JACTs (two of them on contract);
- Failure to get recommendations duly passed by the Faculty of Law implemented in the absence of required AC / EC approvals;
- Failure to invite experienced clinical teacher from abroad for essential training of teachers in Clinical Legal Education methods of teaching;
- Failure to secure any action on the recommendations of the Disciplinary Committee regarding the student who physically assaulted a teacher in the Faculty of Law.
—India Legal Bureau