Ramjas College has again hit the headlines, and this time too it’s a controversy. On 25th of January, more than 200 teachers, students, and members of the non-teaching staff of University of Delhi’s Ramjas college held a dharna and demanded action against Dr. P.C. Tulsian, Acting Principal, Ramjas College.
Dr. Tulsian has been accused of siphoning students’ fund to pay employees who were not on the college payroll, causing financial discrepancy in the college accounts. According to the findings of a committee founded by the Staff Association, two staffers who worked as the personal staff of the Principal marked their attendance manually whereas all non-teaching staff members used biometric attendance.
“They are not employed by the college, but are paid salaries of Rs 15,800 and Rs 11,000 per month from the students’ fund,” Prof. Surender Singh Dahiya, President of the Staff Association said. “The Principal has continued the employment of a large number of staff on a contract basis who are engaged in his office with no work”, he further added. The Principal was also accused of delaying a long-standing demand for an audit of the funds from 2013.
In his defense, Principal Tulsian told the Indian Express, “This is an absolutely baseless allegation, these things are not true. If you Google my name, you will see my contribution to the nation. As I am the head of the institution, I have an attendant who also drives and takes me to the Vice Chancellor’s office, Minister of Human Resource Development, and the University Grants Commission. ”
Following the protest, a delegation of teachers, students, and staff members submitted a representation to the Prof. Devesh Sinha, Dean of Colleges, J. P. Khurana, Pro Vice Chancellor, and Mr. Yogesh Tyagi, Vice Chancellor. The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) has also extended support to this agitation against the Principal.
“Earlier this month, our college celebrated its 101st Foundation Day. However, if you see past our legacy, the current state of the college lacks even basic infrastructural facilities, despite the 25% fee hike”, a student of Ramjas College said.
With inputs from PTI
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