Caught between a deadlock of the administration and The Delhi Government, DU teachers receive their salaries four months late.
After a long gap of four months teachers of Delhi university finally got their salaries, as the Delhi Government released their grants. The colleges that received the grant were Bhimrao Ambedkar College, Maharaja Agrasen College, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Science, Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Acharya Narendra Dev College, and Bhaskaracharya College.
The AAP Government had issued a notice asking Delhi University to form governing bodies in each of its colleges some months ago. Upon the non-formation of these governing bodies in 12 Colleges of DU, the government had decided to withhold their funds. This led to many colleges being unable to pay their staff. The rest of the six colleges that did not receive the grant were assured by the government that they will be given the grants as soon as they constitute a governing body for the college.
This decision was announced after a delegation of teachers had met Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Social Welfare Minister Raj Pal Gautam, and Cabinet Minister Gopal Rai last week. Colleges were facing a lot of problems because of this decision of the government. They were unable to extend the salaries to their staff because most of the money that goes into the latter comes from grants and not the fees alone. Colleges were also unable to invest in infrastructure.
The salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff have been delayed. We have exhausted funds.Anurag Mishra, a professor at DeenDayal Upadhyaya College, told Hindustan Times
The teachers, especially during the lockdown period, have faced immense grievances due to the non- payment of their salaries.
The teachers and staff of twelve fully-funded Delhi government colleges were facing an economic crisis since the lockdown. Most of these teachers were depressed as they live in rented houses and have to pay car EMIs and other installments, etc.Professor Hansraj Suman of Sri Aurobindo College told Edexlive
Sisodia went on to assure the delegation that met him, that the remaining six colleges will also receive grants as and when the names of the members of the governing body for these colleges will be sent to the government.
This dispute between the Delhi University administration and the Delhi Government has reached an impasse. The teachers are suffering due to this, as they are caught in the middle of this deadlock.
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