In a recent development, the University of Delhi (DU) Executive Council has approved the Delhi government’s list of nominees for the college Governing Bodies (GB) of 28 colleges.
The approval of Delhi government’s list by the Executive Council (EC) was made official by a statement issued by Professor Tarun Kumar Das, Registrar of DU, after the Executive Council held its meeting on the 7th and 8th of March.
Significantly, on July 2017, the Delhi government had ordered a freeze on grants for DU Colleges that are either fully or partially funded by it. The reason given for this was the perceptible failure of the varsity to appoint governing bodies in the given time.
The meeting witnessed comprehensive discussion on names sent by the government. Following this, the EC approved the government’s list of nominees for the college governing bodies, with a few exceptions. According to an EC member, 280 names for the GB were approved, which includes 140 names sent by the government. However, four names from the government list were withheld.
Further, with regard to some of the nominees, the EC has requested the Delhi government to present details such as educational qualification. The composition of governing bodies must include 15 members and one non-teaching staff member. Out of the total, five are to be nominated by the Delhi Government and five nominees come under the mandate of the University.
Responding to queries from DU Beat, Rajib Ray, President of Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA), remarked on this development, “For this, the varsity is to be blamed. The decision to constitute governing bodies should have been taken over a year back. The only reason why the Delhi government can be blamed is that they have threatened to block the funds.”
Surendra Kumar, Executive Member of DUTA, who is currently holding an indefinite hunger strike in front of the Faculty of Arts against the newly proposed University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines, made a critical observation and said, “Even during the previous governments, whether it was the BJP or Congress, there have been differences of opinion between the Chief Minister and the Vice Chancellor. But I cannot recall a single incident wherein fund-cuts were advised by the government.”
During a conversation with DU Beat, he further discerned on the administrative lapse involving this issue by stating, “The crisis of governing bodies is an administrative crisis between the Delhi government and the varsity. Why should a teacher of DU suffer because of this?”
On this development’s impact on the DUTA’s ongoing struggle for fairer salary terms for professors, Rajib Ray commented optimistically, “With this, I hope the crisis of blocked grants would end, thereby providing some respite to the striking teachers.”
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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak