UGC maintenance grant
Source: DNA India

Concerns have been raised by the Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA) and Delhi University Principals’ Association (DUPA) regarding the UGC maintenance grant. They are dissatisfied with the University Grant Commission’s (UGC) inadequate and delayed release of maintenance payments to the institutions.

They said that because of UGC’s delay in releasing grants, the university is facing a lot of problems. The salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff are also delayed because of this. Also, no one is responding from UGC.

At a meeting of the two associations on July 18, the problem of the grants’ delay was discussed. Roughly 53 DU colleges rely on the UGC for grants-in-aid.

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Further, “It is to be noted that the grant-in-aid is not quickly released, even though the expenditure of colleges is properly reported through the annual budget estimates submitted to the UGC,” the associations stated.

The associations claimed that the UGC should start providing grants quarterly. The association stated “This is causing unwanted uncertainty. And UGC has access to the annual audited accounts that the colleges submitted to it.”

Moreover, the union ministries of education and finance have been requested to take action by the associations regarding inadequate UGC maintenance grants.

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