Eminent scholars and educationists met here today and passed a resolution to oppose tooth and nail the renaming of Delhi’s Dyal Singh Evening College as ‘Vande Mataram College’.
Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar, who presided over the meeting, agreed to take up the matter with the government as well as other quarters concerned. The meeting unanimously adopted the resolution that “under no circumstances would the college’s name be allowed to change”.
Nayar said they would decide their future course once he spoke to various stakeholders. The college’s governing body recently gave its go-ahead for rechristening the institution-the first evening college of the capital-that was set up in 1958 and is spread over around 12 acres.
Paying tribute to the late Dyal Singh Majithia, after whom the college is named, the educationists recalled him as a great philanthropist who donated his entire wealth and properties for establishing educational institutions. They said the country should recognise Majithia’s contribution as a social reformer. A few of those present opined that “some forces were trying to give communal colour to the issue, which should be avoided”.
Among others present were former Punjabi University (Patiala) Vice Chancellor Jaspal Singh, National Commission for Minorities ex-Chairman Tarlochan Singh, DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa and senior vice-president Harmeet Singh Kalka, Dyal Singh College Teachers Association president Prof PK Parihar, JNU Prof Bhagwan Josh, Prof Jagbeer Singh, Dr Harbans Sagoo, Prof Rawel Singh and Goswami Sushil Maharaj.
26 Feb 2020
27 Feb 2020