The news about the arrest of Khalsa college principal Ajit Singh came as a rude shock to his colleagues and other academicians across the city. Singh was revered as one of the finest principals and was credited for turning around the college and taking the 77-year-old institution to further heights.
There were very few students on the campus on Thursday as the college is shut for the summer vacation. Yet, the news spread fast. "We are shocked," said a student in the final year of BCom.
But some professors and education department officials volunteered that corrupt practices going on at some city colleges have been talked about for some time. "This is known and has been talked about in hushed voices. It's for the first time that it has become news," one college principal said.
The otherwise soft spoken Singh, who is alumnus of Khalsa, joined the institute as a chemistry teacher in 1989. He became vice-principal in the 90s and was appointed the principal in 2001.
"The college flourished under Ajit Singh's leadership," said Prof Praveish, a teacher at the college. In fact, Singh was rated among the top 51 influential Sikhs in the country. Praveish would not comment on the arrest.
Among the prominent personalities who have studied here are actors Dilip Kumar, Akshay Kumar, TV stars Varun Badola and Rajeshwari, Indian hockey team captain Mir Ranjan Negi and Congress leader Buta Singh.