A day after the University of Delhi principal Association condemned Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and the Delhi Government for alleging funds misuse and corruption in 12 fully funded Delhi University colleges, the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) also decided to take the matter to the Delhi government, impeaching it of delaying the release of funds and manipulating graft statements to deflect attention from the DU colleges’ financial miseries.
On Friday, DUTA accused Delhi Government of compelling the colleges to lead towards the organization to manage their financial requirements. The Delhi University Teachers Association(DUTA) had called for a three-day strike from 16th to 18th September against the Delhi government for allegedly abstaining funds for 12 Delhi University fully funded colleges. On the third day of the DUTA strike on Friday, the teachers association members said that not only were the alibis offered by the Delhi government to uphold the non-release of funds preposterous but that it had taken a step ahead to propose DU colleges to use students fund to pay the teachers salaries. A statement issued by the DUTA expressed grief and opposed Manish Sisodia’s statement while calling it sweeping and misleading.
The DUTA members contended that the Manish Sisodia is oblivious to the regulations of financial administration which imply that grants cannot be adjusted from one head to another. The statement issued by DUTA asserted that fees collected from University students are utilized to carry on varied activities for students and this money is not funded by the government.
DUTA Claims Government’s Suggestion is a Strategy to lead towards Privatization
Rajib Ray DUTA president regurgitated the claims imposed by the DU Principals Association, saying the deputy CM’s suggestion that students funds from various societies should be utilized to pay teachers is objectionable. He added that Sisodia’s suggestion is nothing but an endeavor to revoke government expenditure from a public-funded institute and dig the way for privatization with the subsequent exponential surge in student fees.
Anil Kumar, President of the Delhi Congress Committee also alleged Delhi government and central to attempting to privatize education at the University of Delhi. Pankaj Garg, INTEC convenor contended that governments’ suggestion to utilize students’ funds to pay the salaries of teachers in an attempt to provoke students against teachers.
Pankaj further asserted that when the Delhi government suspected corruption in DU then why it sealed its mouth when they received audits. Garg further claimed that the chairpersons of the governing bodies of DU colleges are nominees of the government. Therefore no financial decision is taken without their consent. So if there’s corruption in DU, then the government nominees should also be questioned.
Abha Dev Habib, DUTA treasurer said that delay in the release of salaries deterred qualified people from enrolling Universities and thus disrupted such institutions. DUTA will keep this fight on to seek justice.