The University of Delhi (DU) has pledged its staffers’ one day salary to the PM relief fund in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  

The University of Delhi (DU) has decided to pledge its staffers’ one-day worth salary to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) that has been set up in the wake of the Coronavirus spread, in an attempt to fight to the pandemic.

The Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) in India is a public raised fund that does not get any budgetary compensation from the government. It was set up to provide relief and support for people in cases of natural and man-made disasters.

The PMNRF along with Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-Cares)- set up specifically during the ongoing coronavirus spread- are the two citizen-funded initiatives that have been providing relief to the economically weaker sections during the pandemic. On Monday, 30th April 2020, the University released a statement where this donation was proposed.

Along with this initiative, the University has apparently formed a task force in an attempt to take stock of the ongoing crisis that has arisen due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. This task force would be coming up with recommendations regarding academic and administrative responsibilities of the university in these trying times. The University has also stated that excessive amounts of financial resources are going to be needed by the centre to deal with the upcoming circumstances and provide relief to help its more vulnerable citizens in this crisis.

“The University has proposed to contribute one day’s salary of teaching and non-teaching staff to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF),” it said in a statement. The statement also revealed that a mobile application is currently in development so that employees who wish to contribute more to the PMNRF to help the situation can do so.

In the aforementioned context, the statement further read that the university is also making use of the two recently integrated apps- Google Classes and Google Hangouts- which can be used by the faculty and students to continue with the academic schedule online.

The University has also stated that it has made arrangements to provide all basic amenities to students staying in hostels, and that the mess facility is operational in all of the hostels maintained by the University. Four medical centres- The World University Services (WUS) Health Centre at North Campus, The WUS Health Centre at South Campus, East Delhi (Dr BR Ambedkar College) and West Delhi (Shivaji College)- have also been made available that have medical professionals, paramedics and ambulance around the clock.

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 Shreya Juyal

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12 colleges of the University of Delhi haven’t paid their teaching and non-teaching staff salary for two months now.

12 colleges in the University of Delhi have withheld salary from their teaching and non-teaching staff for two months now. The colleges whose funds have been withheld are Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Science, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Shaheed Raj GuruCollege, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Bhagini Nivedita College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Maharaja Agrasen College, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Maharishi Balmiki College of Education, and Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Science. The funds have been withheld by Delhi Government because the colleges haven’t notified their governing bodies, approval for which, they claim, is awaited from the university.

The salaries of not just the faculty but also of sanitation workers, contractual labourers, and other non-teaching staff have also been held up. It seems we will not be able to pay salaries even from 1st April.” Principal Hem Chand Jain of DDU college, told The Times of India. Another principal has said that theyare yet to get a concrete response from Delhi government on when and how the issue would be resolved but revealed that they had been told thatrepresentatives would be meeting Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi on 17th March regarding the matter. This information has been confirmed by a DU official. In response to the issue, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has said that the government-aided colleges had been doing a lot of “illegal work” because “without governing bodies in place the colleges can’t function”.

It has also been revealed that the University’s Executive Council approving the names at its sitting on 13th March. A DU official told Times of India that the AAP government flouted norms in selecting some of governing board nominees. The official alsoargued that in the pattern of assistance, there isnothing that states that the government is allowed to without funds from an institution that doesn’t have a governing body.

The staff of these 12 institutions steadfastly believe that the shortcomings of the DU administration in regards to solving this matter are highly political, and a fight between “two political parties”.

For now, it seems highly unlikely that the issue would be solved anytime soon.


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Owing to the inadequacy of liquidity of funds from the end of State Government, non payment of salaries in Delhi University (DU) colleges like Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar College arises.

A financial crunch which has resulted in the aftermath of teaching and non teaching staff at Dr.Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, in doing without any salary for the month of January 2020, led to complete disappointment and dismay in its employees.

On 17th February, Ambedkar College Staff Association, passed a resolution in its General Body Meeting (GBM) requesting the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) to address the issue subjected on the lines of staff being non recipient of salaries for the month of January, and construction of an action plan accordingly.

It must be noted that the delay has an added inconvenience for the staff since they have to make investments for tax planning in the same month. Similar accounts of incidents happened earlier in June 2019, when all 12 colleges fully funded from the State were led astray without any salary.

Hinting towards, this event turning into a repetitive pattern, Mr Ravi Shankar Ravi, the President of Ambedkar College Staff Association, told DU Beat, “the administration and the State have their differences on the  construction of an intermediary called ‘governing body.’ With respect to this, both the parties are passing the buck thereby leading to a delay in the process of payment.”

A report published by The Economic Times clarified that Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had written a letter on 16th April 2019  to the Secretary, Higher Education stating that no funds should be given to 28 colleges (fully or partially funded by them) till they form their governing bodies.

The President of the staff extended his concerns and further added,”Whatever are the reasons for rife between the administrations, it should not however, lead to employees’ suffering. The Delhi Government, which has been voted back in power for this term yet again, should consider the livelihood of thousands of teaching and non teaching staff and their families who have to face the burden of the impasse between the two parties which further the payment mechanism.”

DR Abha Dev Habib, DUTA member, claimed  that  all the twelve colleges which are 100% funded by the Delhi Government are facing this situation yet again. Colleges like Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Maharaja Agrasen College, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya and Bhagini Nivedita College are some of the mentioned colleges which come under the spectrum of 100% funding through state and facing similar issues.

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Over 2,700 teaching and non-teaching staff of 12 Delhi University (DU) colleges did not get salaries for the last two months as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government continues to withhold release of funds over non-formation of Governing Bodies (GB).

Out of the 28 DU colleges, 16 get only 5% of their funds from the Delhi Government while 12 receive 100% funding.

The GBs, comprising members nominated by the university and the Delhi Government, take all decisions for the smooth functioning of a college, including the appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff.

Some Principals of various colleges across DU wondered why the GB term could not be extended. “In the past, the term has been extended for almost six months. It can also be done now until the process of formation of the Governing Body is completed,” said a Principal whose college receives 100% funding. “The government should understand that we have to pay salary to the staff and their arrears.”

Dhananjoy Shaw, Principal of Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences (IGIPESS), said the fund crunch has affected student activities as well. “We haven’t been able to pay salaries to our staff for two months. Since some student activities had been planned before, we are executing them at the lowest possible cost,” he said, adding that managing day-to-day expenses will be difficult from October.

A contrary argument came to the fore when an official in the Delhi Government said that DU is insisting on not forming GBs in these colleges. “It is clear that there is an attempt to shield colleges from accountability and intent to continue corruption,” the official said.

“I am able to manage our daily expenditure somehow as this is not my only income source. But there are many employees whose day-to-day expenditures depend completely on their salary. Due to the ego clashes between the Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, and the AAP Government, it is the employee who is suffering.” another DU official grieves. 

In a protest organised by Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), outside Vidhan Sabha on Friday, staff members said that “uncertainty in getting salaries has led to crisis” in these 12 colleges. “The worst-hit are the teaching and non-teaching staff working on ad hoc or contract basis,” DUTA said in a statement.

Delhi University College Karamchari Union (DUCKU) plan to sit on strike on 1st and 3rd October. 

The Vice-Chancellor and Arvind Kejriwal did not respond to requests for comment.


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On Monday, 9 September, 2019, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) corresponded to the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal regarding the issuance of salaries for the employees of the 28 colleges that are either fully or partially funded by the Delhi government.

The complaint is lodged with regard to the payment of due salaries owing to the stoppage of grants by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) relaxation. Where the formation of governing bodies prompted a deadlock between the University and the city government, the accusations from both ends claim to have delayed the process further.

Although, earlier in June Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia directed the Education Secretary, Sandeep Kumar to ensure the release of funds for three months to the 28 colleges, the employees of the 28 partially or fully funded colleges, under the Delhi government are constantly being subjected to delayed payments of salaries and other remunerations due to prolonged stoppage of grants by the AAP dispensation, said according to a letter by DUTA.

“You would agree that this action of denial of salaries to the teaching and non-teaching staff of these colleges amounts to a violation of basic human rights. Your reasons, whatsoever they may be, do not warrant such an assault on the living conditions of the employees,” it said.

It further quoted, “The government must also immediately release funds for the additional posts that are to be created for the teaching and non-teaching staff in the wake of the EWS reservations. ”

With these delays affecting the teachers of the institution directly, the futility in their responses have apparently affected the students of the varsity as well.

The necessary increment in the number of students across all disciplines under EWS have resuscitated all the aforementioned colleges with additional funds for salaries and infrastructural development to add for the proper functioning of the colleges with regard to academic and administrative responsibilities, says the association. While, some of the new courses that are incepted after receiving the necessary approvals designated in the administration, most of them are devoid of funds and appointment of teachers required for continuation of these courses.

“They (DU) are not forming governing bodies. They are deliberately not doing it because they want to do wrong appointments. They should bring governing bodies and let those bodies decide. How can we give funds when they are not bringing governing bodies?” says Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in response to this issue.

Where the University claims to have formed a committee to look into the issue, it has further speculated the matter and has stated some names to the government concerning the issue.

Where the twelve colleges that are fully-funded by the Delhi government includes Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Science, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Shaheed Raj Guru College, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Bhagini Nivedita College, Keshav Maha Vidyalaya, Maharaja Agrasen College, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Mahirishi Balmiki College of Education and Bhaskara Charya College of Applied Science

The sixteen partially-funded colleges are namely, Shivaji College, Motilal Nehru CollegeLaxmi Bai College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Maitreyi College, SPM College for Women, Satyawati College, Vivekananda College, Rajdhani College, Kamala Nehru College, Gargi College, Swami Shardhanand College, Kalindi College, Bharti College, Sri Aurobindo College, and Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.

It is however paradoxical that in a recent tweet by the Delhi CM on the account of Teachers’ Day, he claims to be indebted to the teachers for their contribution in building the society, the DUTA probe sends his words otherwise.

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