Battle over Dyal Singh college name change intensifies, Chairman says DU autonomous, Centre cannot interfere

A day after Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal slammed the Chairman of the governing body of Dyal Singh College over a bid to change the name of the college and charged him with hurting religious sentiments, the Chairman Amitabh Sinha has hit back at Centre contending that it has no say in the matter. The stand taken by the MPs led by the HRD minister defies history, law as well as relevant university rules, This comes after Union Human Resource Minister, Prakash Javadekar, recently clarified that government would not allow the change in the name of the college. On Thursday, Harsimrat Badal, Union Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal leader, said that changing the name of the college will hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community and demanded strict action against the college administration. According to reports, the college organised its annual function, on April 25, under the banner of Defending the decision to use the name, Sinha said, Though the DU is yet to take a final decision, the Governing Body is capable of looking after the administrative duties. Sinha also said Javadekar Javadekar had earlier said, 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. The issue of autonomous status for Shri Ram College of Commerce and St Stephens has made headlines on several occasions and the reservation of seats for Delhi students, a proposal by the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi, has been a bone of contention between the government and the university administration.