The Delhi Government has released the funds of Rs. 82.79 crore to 12 Delhi University colleges, however, the strike of the University professors is still on. These 12 Delhi University colleges which are fully funded by the Delhi government have received their grants however their salary grants are still due. In most of the colleges, the salaries of professors and staff will be given till January only. On Monday, while continuing the strike, DU teachers will march from VC’s house to CM’s residence.
Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) has further appealed to parents and students to join the protest. DU Teachers say that if their salaries are not released, they will be stuck by the financial constraints of their houses and further teaching will become difficult. They added that this attitude of the Delhi government with these 12 Delhi University colleges is further damaging the academic atmosphere of the colleges.
The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) has bid for a DU bandh when open book examinations are starting in DU from Monday. However, Duta says that as only first-year students are to appear in the online examination and offline mode OBE, there will be no effect on the exams. However, the rest of the students will not have online classes.
Duta President Dr. Rajib Ray says that it is surprising that these colleges are being asked to adopt the ‘Pattern of Assistance’ document issued by the Higher Education Directorate in the governing body. The document states that ‘DU Affiliated and 100% Funded College sponsored by Delhi Government’ colleges are being gradually forced to become self-sufficient so that the responsibility of the government can be reduced.
It is clear that the government was earlier defined to maintain these colleges, but now it stands as a sponsor. This is to find a way to de-affiliate colleges from DU.
Duta says that no grant has been received from the government to Bhagni Nivedita College and that many colleges will be able to get salary up to January only. DU teachers will organize a ‘Adhikar Rally’ from Gate No. 1 of CM Office to CM House at 11 am on Monday.