Executive Council mulls converting Daulat Ram College (DRC) into a University-maintained College over trust’s non-payment of contribution.
The Trust responsible for maintaining Daulat Ram College has failed to make its share of contribution towards the College funds, delaying infrastructural work. Trust run Colleges receive 95% of their funds from the University Grants Commission (UGC) and 5% from their trust. It is said that the trust has not paid its share for several years now, and it is being suggested that the College be turned into a University-maintained Institute.
The Executive Council (EC) of Delhi University has taken up the matter and will hold a meeting on the 13th March to decide the same. The EC also stated that it “resolves that the trusts of the trust-maintained colleges be asked to contribute their 5% mandatory share as indicated by UGC in its yearly budget sanction letters to the respective Colleges” and had requested the chairperson of the trust to deposit its share of 5,38,30,115 INR.
They also stated that if a trust fails to contribute its share of the College funds, the College would be converted into a University-maintained one and receive 100% of its funding from the UGC. Suneeta Sudhershan, the chairperson of the governing body for the trust claimed that there had been a “miscalculation” and that the trust’s contribution was actually “5% of the first 1,000 students”.
According to an elected EC member, this issue is a long-standing one. “The trusts do not make the mandatory 5% contribution. UGC keeps on writing but nothing happens” said Rajesh Jha. Presently, 21 Colleges of the University are trust maintained, including Hindu, Hansraj, Ramjas, and SRCC.
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