Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) has got its next principal who is also its first woman principal. Simrit Kaur,a professor from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS),was selected to be the principal by the university’s apex committee on 12th May 2017. The college was without a full-time principal since 2014 after former principal PC Jain retired.
Simrit Kaur is an alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College for Women.She completed her Masters from the Delhi School of Economics and went on to complete her PhD at Delhi University’s Faculty of Management Studies. She has been associated with FMS since 1989 and specializes in public policy reforms,macro-economics and economic theory.
Previously,she used to teach at Delhi University’s Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce (SGGSCC).
She was selected among three applicants.The other two candidates in the fray were professor Anil Kumar,a teacher at SRCC and C P Gupta, a teacher at the Department of Financial Studies,South Campus.
However, her appointment has not gone down well with members of the University’s Executive Council (EC).The EC members say that rules of the university ordinance were not followed during the constitution of the apex committee.
“The rule 7 (2) (b) for the appointment of the principal of colleges other than maintained by the university states that the apex committee should consist of Vice-Chancellor, Pro V-C, visitor’s nominee, chairperson of the college governing body and two members of EC, nominated by it. However, we as EC members never nominated anyone. In fact, we came to know of it after the appointment,” said J L Gupta, an EC member.
There was only one EC nominee, M K Pandit, in the committee, Gupta said. The chairman of the college governing body Ajay Shriram, however,said all rules were followed in the appointment process.