Following the lapse of tenure of the Governing Council, 12 colleges formerly under the Delhi University are set to be taken over by the UGC under complaints of the paucity of funds. The UGC takeover decision also comes in light of the inability of the Governing Council to suggest names of the respective members. Read to find more.
Following the end of the term of the Governing Council of 28 colleges on 13th September 2021, the fate of 12 Delhi University colleges remains precariously perched on the anvil of uncertainty. In light of varied ruptures in administerial work, which includes delay in payment of salaries, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has been asked to take over 12 colleges previously under the varsity. This includes colleges like Bhimrao Ambedkar College, Maharaja Agrasen College, Maharishi Valmiki College, Indira Gandhi Sports College, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Sister Nivedita, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Science, and Keshav Mahavidyalaya in Delhi to name a few.
UGC taking over the colleges will solve the issues faced by teachers regarding the funds and salaries. Delhi Government’s response to the genuine demands of teachers was very unfortunate and non-justifiable. Side by side the rights of the student community should also be kept in mind. The issues faced by non-teaching staff and backlogs shouldn’t be excused. Understaffing and non-payment is an issue faced by these colleges as well. If they work properly, they can solve the problem faced by these 12 colleges which earlier came under the aegis of the Delhi Government.Sumit Kataria, President of the SFI State Committee.
President of Delhi Teachers Association (DTA), Hansraj Suman was reported to have told Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Education Minister Manish Sisodia to grant an extension to the governing body for three months in light of the special circumstances. According to the 18th Rule of the University, the process of the constitution of the governing body should be started three months before the expiration of the body. Of the 28 colleges funded by the Delhi government, 12 colleges are given a 100% grant, the remaining 16 are given a 5% grant from the state government. The UGC takeover decision also comes in light of the inability of the Governing Council to suggest names of the respective members.
If the governing body of 28 colleges does not get an extension, then a truncated governing body will try to fill the backlog posts. Therefore, the government should write to the DU Vice-Chancellor regarding giving an extension to the state governing body.Suman also told the Chief Minister and the Education Minister.
The payment delays owe their occurrence to delayed grants from the government, which many professors have claimed are also mostly insufficient. In cases like the University of Delhi, these things prove fatal to the functioning of the institution, which relies heavily on government fundings. The demand for an immediate UGC intervention and possible takeover comes ratified and supported by the Delhi University Teachers Association as well.
There is a constant crisis regarding the salary of teachers in these colleges… DUTA officials have met UGC officials in this regard. UGC Secretary Professor Rajnish Jain and Financial Advisor P.K. Thakur were also present in the meeting. The problem is not limited to these 12 colleges only.DUTA president Dr. Rajib Ray, while in conversation with India News.
Further decisions by the UGC and the state government are awaited.
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