The Aam Aadmi Party alleged, in a recent press conference, that the University’s administration under the Vice Chancellor is under pressure from the BJP government at the Center. It has hence, deliberately not constituted governing bodies in the 28 colleges that are fully or partially aided by the Delhi Government.
Out of the 28 Colleges of the University that are funded by the State Government, 12 of them receive 100% funding while 16 receive 5% of the total funding.
The governing body of each of these colleges is constituted of 15 members, five of which are nominated by the Delhi government. Five additional members are also chosen by the former, from the list of candidates provided by the college. The remaining members include the Principal and faculty members of the college.
“The tenure of governing bodies in these colleges expired in October 2016. But the governing bodies are yet to be constituted. The DU Vice Chancellor and administration is acting under pressure from BJP government at the Centre. It (Centre) wants to constitute the governing body that suits them. The Delhi University is an autonomous institution, but the Centre is resorting to similar tactics as it is doing with other universities across the country,” said Ashutosh, leader of Aam Aadmi Party, at the party headquarters.
He added that the University administration was delaying the process in order to set up a team that suits the interest of the ruling party at the Center.
The Executive Council meeting held on July 14, where the decision on the governing body was deferred, reportedly decided on forming a four-member committee to look into the suggested names as the nominations had been filed under “improper procedure”, as per an official attendee of the meeting. He added that the decision could not have been influenced by the Center.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader, however, expressed their disagreement with the move. “What was the need to review the panels which were recommended by the university itself”, agreed AAP MLA Sanjeev Jha adding the the University’s administration does not seem inclined towards constituting the governing body.
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