Atishi directs a probe against 12 Delhi University colleges. The minister hinted that officials and principals who are accused of making unlawful appointments will face severe consequences. The secretary of higher education has been instructed by Atishi to begin an investigation into the purported anomalies. The 12 state-funded institutes come under Delhi University. Officials with knowledge of the situation stated on Saturday that she also implied that principals and other officials who are accused of making the unlawful appointments would face severe consequences.
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ATISHI DIRECTS A PROBE TO THE SECRETARY OF HIGHER EDUCATION
On January 19 she wrote a letter to the secretary of higher education. The letter states that the 12 colleges hired 1,897 people without the Delhi government’s consent. Hence, going against established policies and guidelines. Of these appointments, 939 were for teaching positions and 958 were for non-teaching positions.
According to the letter, an investigation into the situation ought to be started. The investigation should pinpoint the negligent supervisors and administrative officials. Those responsible for the establishment of positions and the appointments made in opposition to them. It should also suggest the most severe measures against these officials. Such as the recovery of salaries paid to employees appointed in opposition to “illegal posts” since 2015. It also recommends actions against officers who carried out contracts without the procedures. According to Atishi, these universities get funding from the public coffers. They ought to answer for any financial mismanagement.
DU’S RESPONSE TO ATISHI’S LETTER
A DU representative, who wished to remain anonymous, stated: “A selection committee was used to make the lawful selections to the positions.”. Salary recall is a harsh proposal that will affect hundreds of employees, including teachers. The Vice-Chancellor has written to the Minister on the continuation of financing. They have held several meetings to examine potential alternatives. In response to Atishi‘s letter, Delhi University’s executive council resolved last month. They establish a committee to investigate the problems facing the colleges. Officials from the university insisted that the issue of de-affiliation is unrelated.
Atishi first brought attention to the purported anomalies in a letter to the Union minister of education. She alleged that hundreds of crores of rupees from the public exchequer had been lost due to procedural errors.
She proposed that the Delhi government combine the 12 institutions and take complete control of them. At which point it would cease providing funding to them. Alternatively, she offered that the Centre take full management of the colleges. Officials at these colleges have been lamenting a lack of funding for years.
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