DU Colleges Facing Fund Crunch?

12 colleges affiliated to DU that is financed by the city government are confronting a fund crunch. The authorities of these establishments claimed that their allocated budgets have been sliced.

Because of this, these colleges are likewise confronting troubles in paying pay rates of teachers, the college authorities stated.

DU registrar, Vikas Gupta, said they will take up the issue of non-arrival of assets with the AAP government. The issue was additionally raised at the Executive Council meeting of the college hung on October 29.

The 12 colleges that are facing huge fund crunch are Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Bhagini Nivedita College, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Maharishi Balmiki College of Education, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Science, Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Science and Maharaja Agrasen College.

What Do The DU College Authorities Have To Say?

A senior faculty member of Maharaja Agrasen College, said, “Teachers have not been paid their salaries for five months. The government has slashed the allocated budget by half. Not only salaries, but the teachers also are not getting their pension and other allowances.”

Clarifying the circumstance, Subodh Kumar, president of staff association of the Maharaja Agrasen College and coordinator of the 12 colleges, said teachers want the teaching-learning process to continue but the government is not letting it happen.

He claimed, “The government has an issue with the Delhi University. The issue has been going on before the Covid pandemic. There was a tussle over the formation of governing bodies but they were formed.” Further, he added, “Then they (govt) alleged corruption in colleges and despite various audits, they did not find anything. After the pandemic, they said they don’t have money and slashed the budget. Earlier we (the college) were getting ₹28 crores which have been brought down to ₹16 crores”.

Naming it ‘inhuman treatment’, Kumar said teachers will be compelled to dissent to oppose this arm-turning by the public authority. Such is the emergency that instructors have been compelled to stop occupations, he said.

Hem Chand Jain, principal of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, said, “Last year, the government had released 42 crores (to the college) but this year they reduced it to ₹28 crores. We have received two instalments but looking at the situation, this money will only allow us to pay salaries of six months”.

Before the Covid pandemic, the college had 122 teachers, but now we have 115 teachers, Jain said. “Seven teachers have left the job, including six ad-hoc teachers. One of the ad-hoc teachers is working in a school since she said she would at least get her salary on time,” he added.