1. Manish Sisodia orders Delhi finance department to stop funding of 28 DU colleges: Here’s why

Manish Sisodia orders Delhi finance department to stop funding of 28 DU colleges: Here’s why

Manish Sisodia, Delhi Education Minister and Deputy CM, has ordered the Delhi government's finance department to stop the funding of 28 Delhi University colleges after the latter failed to appoint governing bodies for the colleges.

By: | New Delhi | Published: August 1, 2017 11:22 AM
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Manish Sisodia, Delhi Education Minister and Deputy CM, has ordered the Delhi government’s finance department to stop the funding of 28 Delhi University colleges after the latter failed to appoint governing bodies for the colleges. According to The Indian Express, the decision was taken after the university did not respond despite receiving 11 communication letters in the past 11 months and even a warning. As per rules, the governing body overlooks and manages the affairs of these colleges and also handles the monetary front. Colleges have members suggested by both Delhi government and the university and after the committee is constituted, the government can raise concerns through its appointed members. Reacting on the issue, Education Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia took to Twitter and raised concerns over the same. He said that he cannot allow unchecked corruption and irregularities to be sustained on government funds in the name of education.

He also informed that he has ordered the finance department to stop the funding of these 28 colleges. According to Indian Express, earlier Sisodia had termed the delay in appointing governing bodies in colleges as ‘farcical’ and ‘deliberate’. On July 25, Sisodia had directed the Director (Higher Education) to inform to the university that all funds from government of NCT of Delhi shall be put on hold if the governing bodies are not constituted by July 31, 2017. Sisodia had also directed the Principal Secretary (Finance) to stop the fund unless any written communication was received from the directorate of higher education confirming that governing bodies have been constituted.

The Delhi government says that it has written to the DU 11 times since last September and Sisodia added that it was absolutely farcical that the university, after a delay of five months, was now setting up a committee to review the panel of names sent by itself. Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had alleged that administration of the Delhi University was under pressure from the Centre and deliberately did not constitute governing bodies of the 28 colleges that are fully or partially aided by the Delhi government.

Speaking to Indian Express, Devesh Sinha, DU’s Dean of Colleges, said, “We discussed the matter with Sisodia ji’s office Monday morning. The list of governing body members that we get from the Delhi government goes to DU’s Executive Council, to make sure there is a healthy mix of educationists, lawyers, journalists, etc in each governing body.”

“But since our V-C and other top officials are occupied with the Law Faculty interviews, there has been some delay in the process. The matter will be sorted in a few days; they can’t cut funding,” he added.

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