The national capital is suffering from the coronavirus crises. In the midst of the whole crisis, the Delhi government funded 12 Delhi University colleges. Teachers and non-teaching staff of these colleges have not got a salary since the month of April this year.
Colleges that are funded are Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Maharishi Valkimi B.Ed. College, Maharaja Agrasen College, Shaheed Rajguru Women’s College, Deen Dayal Upadhyay College, Indira Gandhi College of Physical Education, Bhaskaracharya College, Acharya Narendra Dev Women’s College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Bhagini Nivedita Women’s College and Aditi Women’s Mahavidyalaya. Not only about salary, pension, medical bills, and retirement benefits are also not granted. There are many doctor working in Delhi Government. They have not got their salary too. A situation has come where Delhi Government is going almost bankrupt in the midst of coronavirus outbreak.
68 COLLEGES ARE FUNDED BY UGC AND REST 12 BY DELHI GOVERNMENT
On one hand, Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi promised to provide free power, free water, bus travel to Delhi citizens but on the other hand, failed to mobilize funds of paying salary to its employees. 80 colleges are affiliated to Delhi University. 68 colleges are funded by the University Grants Commission. Salaries and other dues are paid on time in these colleges. But rest 12 colleges come under Delhi Government. There has been no payment of salaries and other dues in those colleges that are funded by the Delhi Government from the past three months. These colleges have created a class system within Delhi University.
SHEILA DIKSHIT STRENGTHENED THOSE 12 COLLEGES
In 1980, the Delhi Metropolitan Council proposed that more colleges should be made within the university after considering the population of the national capital. Since no fund was coming, it was decided that these colleges will be funded by the Delhi Government. There were few colleges set up in 1990. Madanlal Khurana was the Chief Minister and Delhi got the legislative assembly. When Sheila Dikshit came to power in 1998, those 12 colleges were already established under the funding model. Sheila Dikshit was against the idea of the establishment of new colleges in the University. She put emphasis on state-run universities. She strengthened the 12 colleges and provided them land, building, and quality infrastructure to match all the best colleges in the country. Thus, the national capital turned into an education hub offering huge land for educational infrastructure. During Sheila’s time and BJP too, funds were never a problem for running these colleges.
AAP CLAIMED TO BUILD 100 MORE COLLEGES IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL
Aam Admi Party (AAP) came into power and promised to build 100 colleges in Delhi. They have followed some policies that have caused much decay in the system. In six years, it has failed to sanction grants for these colleges in some case or the other. Funding is important for Delhi University colleges. These colleges follow the norms practiced by Delhi University. These colleges charge final fees from the students and focus on spending that money on the welfare of students only. Some colleges provide education only at the undergraduate level only. So, they do not generate much funds from patents and intellectual property. This makes them largely dependent upon the government. The scope of providing finance courses is limited due to space and time restraints. The government is running short of funds in this pandemic. There may be some political issues that salary is delayed.
UGC MUST TAKE OVER THOSE 12 COLLEGES ALSO
The Education Minister Manish Sisodia has checked some records and said that the grants of these 12 colleges would get delayed in case the governing body is not formed due to administrative delay. Teachers and other staff members do not contribute to make the government body. But they are made to suffer in the war of University and the government into nominations of the governing body. Colleges are not allowed to grant permanent positions to teachers. The administrative and teaching work is done by the teachers in a large number on a contractual basis. These 12 colleges are made to submit different proposals on different work and seek approval. This results in the delay of work and the non-utilization of Grant-in-Aid. The failure of fiscal management in cases of Delhi government has put the careers of two lakh children and livelihood of 1000 teachers and many other staff members into jeopardy. This solution lies with the Delhi University itself. The conditions may improve when UGC would take over the funding of these colleges.
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