The St Stephen’s Governing Body (GB) has approved the amendments to its constitution in which only ten out of 18 members were present. Principal Valson Thampu and the GB members remained tight-lipped about what transpired in the meeting on Monday.
However,Thampu on Tuesday issued a "Facebook press statement" announcing that the amendment has been approved and a press conference called in this regard stands cancelled. The draft proposing the amendments was placed before the GB yesterday which deliberated on it during an eight-hour long meeting which was boycotted by four teacher representatives, two DU representatives, Principal’s nominee Justice Manmohan Sarin and the GB’s Recording Secretary Sanjeev Garewal, who resigned from the post protesting against the amendment move.
According to the constitution, no amendment can be passed without at least twothird of the members being present, and a two-third majority. The meeting still proceeded despite being short of "quorum". "The marathon exercise involved the exhilarating task of harmonizing a variety of regulatory and empowering provisions and frameworks.
The issues raised through a representation by the faculty members were given due and careful consideration. The GB found several of their observations valuable and the final outcome is richer on that count," the statement said. Valson Thampu also termed the abstention of teachers and DU representatives from the meeting as "a spirit of intolerance" and further called a couple of teachers as "pseudo-activists".