On Saturday, the principals of DU colleges that are fully funded by the city government denied allegations of misappropriation of funds and the violation of UGC norms.
A special audit, funded by the Delhi government, of seven DU colleges, has revealed serious violations of UGC norms, and financial irregularities. On Friday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the audits showed that despite having surplus funds, the salaries of the staff have not been released.
Delhi’s Education Minister, Manish Sisodia, said that the legal proceedings were being explored by the government on the basis of the audit which was conducted after repeated allegations were made by the DU colleges that the Delhi government was withholding funds.
In a statement, the Delhi University Principals’ Association said that the colleges are following all the rules and regulations as laid down by the university and are revised from time-to-time. E-procurement portals are used for all the purchases. The Governing Bodies are approving all the purchases. Therefore, the allegations of corruption are baseless, unfounded, and denied.
It also said that in the university, the teachers are marking the attendance of students. The attendance of the teacher has marked automatically each time he/she meets his/her class. Virtual platforms have been adopted by many colleges to take the attendance of the students. The marks of internal assessment are given on the basis of this attendance. The colleges and universities have the signed copies of these attendance sheets.
The statement also said that the teachers are taking online classes, during this pandemic, with the help of their own ICT resources.
This was in response to the allegation that there is no system of attendance and the existence of ghost employees is unfounded which reflects that poor understanding of the university affairs by the Delhi government Education Minister.
The colleges that were audited following the orders of the Delhi High court are Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Deen Dayal Upadhyay College, Bhagini Nivedita College, Shaheed Sukhdev College, and Maharishi Valmiki College. It was claimed by Sisodia that Lakshmibai College and Aditi Mahavidyalaya refused to allow the audit to be carried out despite the order.