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Delhi Uni law dean Ved Kumari resigns over failure to ‘secure standards’ of legal ed

The dean of Delhi University’s Faculty of Law, Ved Kumari, has resigned according to a number of reports.

In a letter she wrote on 17 June, she stated:

I believe that as I have not succeeded in securing standards of legal education as laid down by the Bar Council of India… justice to hardworking students, basic amenities and promotions of teachers, and have failed to protect students and teachers against arbitrary actions from others… I do not expect anything will change in the remaining three months.

Kumari told LiveLaw yesterday: “About two weeks ago also I informed the university about the issues. Then I resigned. Yesterday, I was informed orally that the Vice-Chancellor has refused to accept my resignation. But I have not taken it back.

“I have told them that I cannot go on like this on these terms and conditions.”

According to the Indian Express, she had raised nine complaints about DU functioning, including allowing students with attendance of only 31% to sit exams.

The Express reported:

In 2016, a video clip had surfaced of former DUSU president Satender Awana threatening Dean Ved Kumari when the Law Faculty had barred around 550 students with low attendance from sitting for the exams. She had filed a police complaint, alleging that she was confined in her office till midnight. Last year too, around 250 students had been debarred from sitting for the exam.

In February this year, a guest faculty was allegedly assaulted by a student over a comment on the death of CRPF personnel during the Pulwama terror attack.

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