Centre will take action against management committee for renaming Diyal Singh College; media reports

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New Delhi: As per the media reports Centre will take action against management committee for renaming Diyal Singh College.

Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said the government will not allow renaming of the college and will take action against its management committee for doing so without consent.

Javadekar said this even as he assured SAD MP Naresh Gujral of looking into the matter.

Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal also raised the matter during the Union Cabinet meeting.

The ministry, Javadekar said, would take action against the college management committee for going ahead with the renaming despite his statement in Parliament that it cannot be done. On January 16, Javadekar gave an assurance in writing that the name would not be changed.

“We had earlier also asked them to reconsider the move. We will not allow the college to be renamed. If there are two Dyal Singh colleges, they can call them A and B or 1 and 2 to differentiate but the original name cannot be changed,” The Tribune have reported.

In a letter to PM Narendra Modi, Badal demanded the ouster of college governing body chairman Amitabh Sinha and action against Delhi University Vice Chancellor Yogesh K Tyagi for failing to act despite complaints against the chairman.

The college authorities had quietly gone about changing the name. The matter came to light when banners put up during the college annual function on April 25 bore its name as “Vande Mataram Dyal Singh College”.

In her letter, Badal said Sinha had “malafide intention” in changing the name. The college owed its origin to the generosity and foresight of Dyal Singh Majithia, the founder of The Tribune and PNB, who willed his wealth in 1895 for setting up of an education trust for a secular college, she said.

 

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