On Tuesday, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal met the principals of 12 Delhi University (DU) colleges which are fully funded by the Delhi government. He announced that Rs 28.2 crore funds will be released to these colleges.
After the meeting, the CM said that the Delhi government would invite DU’s acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof PC Joshi to have a dialogue on the pending issues. The principals were exultant with the CM’s response.
Deputy CM and education minister Manish Sisodia said-
“It is an unfair and impractical approach to demand funds from one agency, but follow Pattern Of Assistance (POA) of some other agency, he said, adding that there should be 100 percent transparency in their accounts and budgets which is required to bridge the gap between the Delhi government and Delhi University.”
He also said that the colleges should have confidence in the Delhi government. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal added-
“Since the last few days, I have been reading news reports that the teaching staff of the DU colleges is not getting salaries. Our government is known and recognized for working to improve the education and health sectors in Delhi. But, there has been an unwarranted misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the intentions of the Delhi government. I want to clarify to everyone that we are on the same side of the table,”
The move of the Delhi government comes amidst ongoing protests from the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA). DUTA had called for a university shutdown from March 11.
Deputy CM, Sisodia, further added that since these colleges are fully funded by the Delhi government, the Pattern Of Assistance of the Delhi government should be followed. He said-
“The colleges must not bill the government. For example, the Delhi government does not have any record of the appointment of staff before 2010, but we are expected to pay the salaries of the teaching staff irrespective of that.
The colleges must take prior permission from the Delhi government before appointing the staff because the Delhi government is funding their salaries and expenses. If that does not happen, it will reflect as an impractical and unfair approach on the part of the Delhi University.”
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