Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal requested the Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to amend the section 5 (2) of the Delhi University Act. Some of the officials are claiming that the Delhi Government attempts to take over those 12 DU colleges that the government funds.
Surinder Dahiya is the Staff Association Secretary of Ramjas College of the University. He said that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal need not to amend the DU Act. Many private institutions belong to the GGSIP University and students do not get seats in the colleges. Delhi Government can establish more colleges under Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) and IP University for the students.
STUDENTS DO NOT GET SEATS IN DELHI UNIVERSITY
The Government wants to take those 12 colleges affiliated with DU. AK Bhagi spoke in favor of Surinder Dahiya. He said that Delhi Government wants to take over those 12 colleges of DU to which it provides funds. He is the National Democratic Teacher’s Front Member and said if Delhi Government has some issue that students do not get seats, it can either build campus under the Ambedkar University Delhi or starts more colleges affiliated with the university.
According to him, the Delhi Government plans to take over those 12 colleges but, DU Act protects the University against the privatization of education.
DELHI UNIVERSITY CANNOT SET UP MORE COLLEGES
Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to the Union Government in which he said there are 91 colleges that are affiliated with DU. The varsity cannot set up more colleges as it has reached upto its limited capacity. So, according to Section 5 (2) of the DU Act, no new affiliated colleges can be set up.
WHICH COLLEGES WILL BREAK FROM DELHI UNIVERSITY?
The President of Delhi University Teacher’s Association, DUTA said that earlier also, Delhi Government made similar attempts. The Staff Association Member of Hindu College PK Vijayan said that when he got this news of Delhi Government, his first reaction was that there will be an argument for autonomy and privatization. Hindu College, St Stephen’s, and Ramjas College would be the first one to break from the varsity. It can be dangerous for the University.
TRUSTS TRIED TO TAKE OVER DU COLLEGES
Pankaj Garg is the Convenor of the Indian National Teacher’s Congress. He said that the amendment of the DU Act would open the door for trust. They would take over those DU colleges that are 5 percent funded by them and 95 percent funded by UGC. He said that earlier, trusts failed to make Hindu And St Stephen’s College autonomous. It was because of the provisions of the DU Act.
UGC SHOULD BE THE FUNDED AGENCY FOR DU COLLEGES
Garg said that the committee will oppose the attempts of the Delhi Government and trusts.
However, DU should take over all the colleges that are funded by the trusts and Delhi Government. University Grants Commission should be the funding agency.
85 PERCENT SEATS SHOULD BE FOR DELHI STUDENTS IN DU COLLEGES
The English Faculty member of St Stephen’s College NP Ashley said that 85 percent of seats should be reserved for Delhi students. Students have to opt for open learning or other private institutions if they don’t get seats in DU. A DU official said that no University in delhi including AUD is allowed to open.