DU To Name Upcoming Colleges After Veer Savarkar, Sushma Swaraj
Delhi University’s (DU) chief gathering was educated on 29 October 2021 that the two names settled for naming two impending schools were Veer Savarkar and Sushma Swaraj.
In an EC meeting held in August, a proposition was gone through which the DU vice-chancellor was given the position to choose names for the two impending colleges from a pool of names. During the further discussion, some names that were proposed for the colleges included Veer Savarkar, Sushma Swaraj, Swami Vivekananda, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Savitri Bai Phule, Arun Jaitley, Choudhary Brahm Prakash and CD Deshmukh.
Seema Das, an executive council member, said that the EC had been informed about a pool of names in the previous meeting. She added, “The VC was supposed to finalise some names from the pool. During the meeting on Friday, when a member sought an update on the development, we were told that these two names were finalised,” said Das.
Rajpal Singh Pawar, another EC part who was available at the gathering was among the rare sorts of people who mentioned criticisms regarding the shortlisted names. The reason for the criticism was that the names were related to individuals with a specific belief system. “In the last meeting, we had asked them to add more names. We had pointed out that none of the two names had any connection with the field of education. We suggested that they could give other names such as that of APJ Abdul Kalam. The VC was authorised to make the selection,” said Pawar.
AK Bhagi, a previous EC part and leader of the National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF), a right-wing teachers’ group, said that the naming of impending DU colleges after Swaraj and Savarkar were settled in August itself. Further, he added that while the college had passed the proposition, a government endorsement was anticipated. He stated, “A proposal with the two finalised names has been sent to the government and approval is awaited. The land for the upcoming colleges has been identified and necessary approvals are awaited,”.