The ongoing tussle between the Delhi government and the Delhi University has escalated after the latter was informed that the decision to freeze funds for 28 colleges will continue.
The ongoing tussle between the Delhi government and the Delhi University has escalated after the latter was informed that the decision to freeze funds for 28 colleges will continue. Both Delhi government and the Delhi University are involved in a tussle following the latter’s failure to appoint governing bodies. The government has further asked DU not to conduct interviews for appointment of ad hoc and permanent teachers. In a letter addressed to the university, the government has also warned it from “infringing on its rights” to nominate members to the body, Indian Express reported.
12 colleges of DU are fully funded whereas government provides for five per cent grant to 16 others. University Grants Commission (UGC) pays for the remaining 95 per cent. In July 2017, the government announced that funds for 28 colleges will be cut after the university’s executive council had decided to form a committee in order to review the list names forwarded by the government body, leading to further delay in formation of the bodies. The tenure of the previous governing body had expired in October 2016. The governing bodies consist of 15 members in the 28 colleges. Five are nominated by Delhi government and other five DU representatives whose names are approved by the government. According to the government, the list had been sent to the university a long time back but still, they delayed forming the bodies.
Delhi University sent a fresh list of the nominees and also cited the reason behind the delay as it wanted to have a “balanced representation of people from diverse fields”. The government replied to this said, “The university is flouting its own rules and nominating five names for each college, while the executive council resolution states that the Delhi government shall nominate five names. It has been observed that nominating members to the governing body is the prerogative of the government and the university should not be infringing upon this.” At this juncture, the government wants DU to accept the nominations which has been cleared by them and has also sent a fresh list with names of candidates.