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Stephen's back on the boil.

Students being targeted over autonomy

THE faculty at St. Stephen's college has threatened to tender mass resignation to protest against the administration's decision to " punish" students for voicing concerns against the college taking the autonomous route.

The teachers said the administration has not resassigned residential facility to 150 first and second year students after they took part in protests against the move. The teachers said their accommodation was taken during the examination month, which has forced them to hunt for a house rather than study.

The college faculty said they will conduct a Staff Council meeting to deliberate over mass resignation in the coming week.

" It's not just mass faculty resignations that the college administration and governing body should expect in the coming week but also stern reaction from societies in St. Stephens if the authorities do not consult staff and students on the issue of granting autonomy," said Nandita Narain, Delhi University Teacher's Association president and a professor of mathematics at St.

Stephen's college.

According to the students, they were asked questions regarding their thoughts on the autonomy during the residence interview, a mandatory exercise before the grant of a spot on hostels. They claimed the residence list -- released on Thursday -- did not feature names of several students who had been granted spots in the hostel earlier on merit This has not only left the students worried but also anguished. A student requesting anonymity fearing action from college authorities said, " Administration's decision has left even students with a neutral take on the issue angered.

They are facing unfair action for something they did not even participate in." Students who questioned removal from the residence list were told by dean of residence Revd Monodeep Daniel, " The Heavens were not kind to you." " We were also told that discipline was the primary criterion in the interview and the administration will grant residence to whomever it likes," said another student.

In order to protest the move, 360 students out of 400 resident scholars boycotted dinner on Thursday.

Calls made to the college principal J Verghese, dean of residence and associate dean of residence were not answered.

Staff council meet to be held next week ACCOMMODATION FLASH POINT Around 150 students not given hostel allotment after protests against college going automous They said those who complained to dean were told, " The Heavens were not kind to you." Teachers call for meeting to decide mass resignation to protest against the administration's decision and not taking view on autonomy

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