The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) came to this decision on Saturday to resume its “university shut down” because the funds allocated by the Delhi government to 12 DU colleges were inadequate.
The 12 Delhi government-funded colleges of Delhi University are being forced to abide by a new document entitled “Pattern of Assistance” in their governing bodies, from which the government is seeking to find means to “disaffiliate them from Delhi University.”
The executive body which is headed by Rajib Ray said that the DU grant of Rs 82.79 crore under the pay head and Rs 9.50 crore which is another pay head given on Friday would only meet the salary payment requirements until January.
Mr. Ray said that the terms of this ‘Pattern of Assistance’ are intended to redefine the relationship of these 12 colleges with Delhi University and to remove the duty of the Delhi Government to finance them by forcing them to eventually become self-sufficient and self-sustaining.
Colleges, formerly referred to as “100 percent of the Delhi Government funded. retained DU Colleges,” are now referred to in the paper as “100 percent of the Delhi Government supported. supported college affiliated with the University of Delhi.”
Mr. Rajib Ray added that the improvement in the nomenclature can be seen in the light of the Delhi Government’s appeal to the Center to amend the DU Act by the National Education Policy 2020.
As per the papers, the funds will be equivalently allocated among the public HEIs based on their plans, and that more funding will depend on their plans and success. Mr. Ray said that Clause 4(x) (of the document) ties grants to the ‘Annual Performance-Achievement Survey.
To further “arm-twist schools” to generate cash, the document aims to set in motion procedures that would make it impossible for colleges to actively use the funds they earned from grants, he said.
The DUTA called on the Delhi Government to revoke the latest guidance on maintaining the public character of the 12 institutions that have developed into high-quality education institutions under the Delhi University.