Union minister of Human Resource Development (HRD), Smriti Irani, paid a surprise visit to Hindu College’s hostel to check on the hostel facilities for students under the Persons with Disability (PWD) category. The unscheduled visit came in the wake of her reported promise to a disabled student of the college at a public event after the latter raised the issue of PWD students not getting benefits of the hostel fee waiver scheme.
Sandeep, a disabled student of Hindu College, raised the issue yesterday in front of the HRD minister at an event hosted by SGTB Khalsa College.
The issue has its origin in the fact that the Governing Body of Hindu College has not reimbursed the amount of the fee waived in the last three years. As per an advisory of the University, the Governing Body must meet this expenditure through funds available to the college. Currently, the amount outstanding under this head is Rs. 7,19,313.
The HRD minister spent only 20 minutes in the college, during which the administration announced a complete hostel fee waiver and 50 percent reduction in the mess fee for disabled students. The minister arrived at 11 AM and left the college premises by 11:20 AM. She also met the college officiating principal Anju Srivastava, hostel warden Poonam Sethi and Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) president Nandita Narain. The warden claimed that the governing body didn’t allow the implementation of the scheme in the first place.
DUTA president Nandita Narain made a representation to Irani on the issue of victimisation of teachers, teachers’ pension scheme and the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). Irani also personally met the teachers who have been on protest for 42 days against their penalisation by the college for writing a letter to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to complain about alleged irregularities in the functioning of the college and certain construction work in the college campus.
Irani assured that she will mark the representation regarding Hindu College to the governing body and seek its response. She also said that the DUTA and other teacher associations will be invited before the review committee and that a meeting will be called to discuss controversial Choice Based Credit System.
Last week, DU’s Executive Council passed CBCS without discussion.
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