NEW DELHI: Scotching rumours that he might go back to St. Stephen’s College as Principal following the recent resignation of officiating Principal and Officer on Special Duty Valson Thampu, Anil Wilson is now all set to take over as Vice-Chancellor of a new university next month.
Dr. Wilson has been invited to head the affairs of Starex University coming up at Manesar in adjoining Gurgaon that will start functioning from August next year.
“I will join them by the middle of April. The physical infrastructure is in place, while the academic infrastructure regarding things like appointment of teachers will be done once I take over. We will bring out a prospectus by January next year and admissions should start from the next session,” said Dr. Wilson, who headed the prestigious St. Stephen’s in Delhi for over 15 years before joining as Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University in Shimla.
Boasting a 100-acre campus, Starex University will conduct programmes in liberal arts and science. In the first phase, it will start programmes like BBA, BCA, MCA, Hotel Management and LL.B.
Dr. Wilson had put in his papers as Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University earlier this month setting off rumours that he would rejoin St. Stephen’s as Principal, especially as Mr. Thampu also resigned as OSD within the next few days citing “personal reasons”.
Meanwhile, the college on Tuesday issued a “final advertisement” inviting candidates for the post of Principal.
The criteria mentioned in the latest advertisement are similar to the one issued last week, only that it has extended the date for submitting the application forms to the office of the Chairman of the college Supreme Council from April 7 to May 2.
In another related development, some students of St. Stephen’s initiated a signature campaign in favour of Mr. Thampu this past week.
“We feel he was victimised and there was a lot politics being played. But we do not wish to get into these controversial issues. We had a good term with Mr. Thampu which is why we want him back as the Principal,” said one student.