Delhi Govt stops funding of 28 DU colleges, DUTA opposes funds freeze

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NEW DELHI: Delhi government has yet again stopped funding of the 28 Delhi University colleges fully or partially funded by it as DU has failed to constitute their governing bodies.

In a letter to the DU vice-chancellor, Yogesh Tyagi, and the finance department, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said, “Delhi University has not constituted the governing bodies in the 28 colleges… till date. It is directed that till the governing bodies are formed in these colleges, no funds should be released.”

The term of these governing bodies expired on March 9. On February 20, Sisodia had written to the VC for extension of their term for three months. However, DU didn’t act on it. In 2017, too, Delhi government had stopped funds as DU had deferred GB formation. Neither Tyagi nor DU registrar T K Das responded to calls and messages.

A governing body takes all administrative and financial decisions of the college. In a Delhi government-funded college, GB consists of 15 members, including five government nominees. The others are the principal, two university and two college teachers, and five DU representatives approved by the government.

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on Wednesday raised objections to a “threatening letter from the Delhi government to stop funds”.

In a letter dated April 16, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia directed that no funds be released to the 28 colleges in DU, which had not constituted governing bodies. These colleges are either fully or partially funded by the Delhi government.

The DUTA said that it found it “unacceptable that employees at these colleges would be held to ransom because of the impasse created by DU and the government.”

The DUTA has demanded immediate withdrawal of the letter and demanded that DU constitute all governing bodies.

 



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