DU Principals have unitedly denied the Delhi Government’s decision to release the Student Society Fund for the payment of salaries.
The Delhi University Principals’ Association (DUPA) has appealed to the Chief Minister of Delhi to intercede and assure that the money obtained as part of the students’ fund is not utilized for purposes other than the activities meant for it.
The Delhi Government on Friday, October 16, notified 12 fully government added colleges, affiliated to Delhi University to pay the remaining salaries to teachers and staff members of the colleges from the Students’ Society Fund.
The principal’s association has also petitioned to the Vice-Chancellor of DU to take the issue to the Delhi Government and get the grants-in-aid to be disclosed to pay the salary of the teaching and non-teaching staff which is unpaid for a long time.
The recommendation that grants in aid (GIA) for the salaries will be hardly released after Student’s Society Fund is exhausted will stop the activities for ability enhancement, soft skills learning, and promotion of cross-cultural understanding among the students so important for their detailed personality development.
Further, the colleges are permitted to develop corpus fund for various academic purposes. Granting any order/permission to use the Student’s Society Fund for payment of salary is outside the jurisdiction of the government, DU Principals unitedly said.
The DUPA condemns the association between the conduct of Special Audit and the release of grant-in-aid for salary. Hence, the assertion that the GIA will be released only after the fulfillment of a special audit is illegal, it added.
The principal’s body also says that the University Grants Commission’s criteria and guidelines regarding the references of income and expenditure are constraining on all the higher learning institutions. These norms, DUPA said, need that only those items ratified from the fee collected from students can be taken into account while releasing grants.
Since the colleges have obtained these funds for specific goals for the development of students these self-generated resources and such additional earnings should not be modified against grants for salary to the teaching and non-teaching staff, DUPA added.
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