Singh’s experiment with the Four Year Undergraduate Programme and introducing the semester system was met with resistance both from within the university system and BJP government, forcing Delhi University to roll back the four year course.
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The controversial Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh resigned from office on Wednesday. Singh who carried an image of being one of the most progressive and innovative V-C during his first three and half years in office, was almost shown the door after the BJP came to power in 2014.Despite his highs and lows, Singh on Wednesday left his office content. Sitting relaxed in his office, Singh felt a sense of achievement and is now looking at an ocean of opportunities waiting for him.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A staunch Gandhian, Singh said, “Ego is dangerous.” Without naming the human resource development minister Smriti Irani and citing the Ramcharitamanas Singh said, “All of us have egos, but we should keep our egos and arrogance aside for the large interest of the country”.Singh’s experiment with the Four Year Undergraduate Programme and introducing the semester system was met with resistance both from within the university system and BJP government, forcing Delhi University to roll back the four year course. “Four year program was an innovation and not imitation. I have no regrets. We did what we thought was correct. We worked in the larger interest of the student community,” he says as he sits in his office next to the bust of Mahatma Gandhi placed next to his chair.Singh, however, regretted the shift in the attitude of the University Grant Commission (UGC) and a section of the teachers’ body. “Whatever we did was with the approval of the UGC and the HRD ministry. The same UGC that was fully convinced with us till a few months back made us look like criminals. Probably the UGC Chairman had his own compulsions,” he said.Democratic Teachers’ Front, the left wing teachers’ body had been in constant opposition of Singh’s initiative. “Government has played in the hands of a fistful of vociferous section of teachers who have been constantly opposing any change,” Singh said.Related read: DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh distances himself from controversy surrounding Nandita NarainThe vice chancellor had stayed away from all media interactions after the FYUP was rolled back. Recalling the crises that led to rolling back the four years course, Singh said that he gave up in the larger interest of the community. “There was just a week left for the academic session to began. Students from across the country had arrived in Delhi to take admission. We could not have kept them waiting,” he added.Ironically Singh’s much criticised semester system has now been replicated as Choice Based Credit System across central universities by the HRD ministry.A renowned mathematician, Singh also to his credit has several innovative initiatives. He started the Gyanodaya train, started the Cluster Innovation Center, set up an Electropreneur Park and initiated Antardhvani the university annual fest.The most talked about skill development had remained on Singh’s agenda much before Modi government came to power. “We have been working on innovative projects, creating entrepreneurship and skill development for the past three years,” he says.While Singh may have had a rough relationship with this government, an ocean of opportunities wait for him. Singh has a series of lectures lined up in the US for the next one month.Sources close to him say that he has been approached by the King of Bhutan for drafting the school and higher education model for Bhutan. He has also been approached by the government of Ireland and has been called by the US to work in the international education policy.But Singh says nothing is coming too soon. “I have had a very hectic schedule in the past five years. I want to relax for some time and spend time with my family before deciding on where to go next,” he says.