On 21st December the National Commission for Other Backward Classes (NCBC) visited the University of Delhi to meet the faculty and students, after getting several complaints from Delhi University employees and students regarding lack of residential facilities and unjust treatment in the staff roster system for OBC students.
During the visit to Delhi University, the NCBC commission noticed some disparities, including in funds allocated to the management and University administration for teachers.
Furthermore, the commission found that only two hostels were built for OBC students despite the allocated funds. As per the data provided by Delhi University to the NCBC, the University departments for postgraduate students were given a sum of 404.43 crores of which about 135.65 crores remained unutilized.
As for Delhi University colleges, the grant provided between 2008 and 2014, amounted to Rs. 779.37 crore out of which Rs. 1.32 crore along with the interest amount remained unutilized.
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Dr. Jitendra Kumar Tripathi and Dr. G. S. Chauhan, the UGC Joint Secretaries during the University visit questioned the DU administration regarding the unutilized funds and why these funds are not refunded over the past years. In response to the question, the DU administration responded that building of University infrastructure worth Rs. 265 core is still in the process.
As per the reports, the funds are in the process of spending the budget for the establishment of three hostels and extension of various administrative and academic blocks across the Delhi University north and south campus.
Recommendation from NCBC Commission to Delhi University
NCBC in its recommendations told the University of Delhi to absorb the ad-hoc teachers from OBC, SC, and ST categories who have been working in Delhi University for the last six years or more. It suggested running a special drive to absorb the ad-hoc professors from reserved categories.
A DU official in response to the commission’s proposal said that it is arduous to absorb ad-hoc teachers teaching in DU as it will require them to look into the legality of the procedure. Moreover, the commission has further asked them to put the guest teachers on the roster.
Some of the other recommendations from NCBC included the appointment of liaison officers in DU colleges on the basis of seniority to assure fairness and transparency of the procedure, the establishment of an OBC grievance committee in DU to ensure that the problems of professors and teachers are addressed; furthermore it proposed the representation of the OBC community with a member in the governing council.
Furthermore, the NCBC said that the University must include a provision for representation of SC, ST, OBC, and EWS in the committee formed at the executive council, academic council, and at the University level.