Delhi University’s college principals have been asked by the City’s government to pay the salaries of staffers of 12 fully government-funded colleges by using the Students’ Society Fund.
The Delhi University Principals’ Association (DUPA) has condemned this and appealed to Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi to intervene in the matter in order to ensure that the fund’s money is used for the correct purpose. DUPA also urged the CM to take the matter into his own hands and ensure that the city government releases the Grant-In-Aid for salary and other purposes.
The same would be used to “mitigate the hardships faced by the teaching and non-teaching staff of the colleges in Delhi”
Furthermore, DUPA requested Delhi University’s Vice-Chancellor to discuss the matter with the Delhi Government and take the issue at the highest level so that the Grant-In-Aid could be released immediately and outstanding salary of staff could be paid.
On Friday, Arvind Kejriwal’s government directed the 12 DU fully government-funded colleges to pay the outstanding salaries to staffers with the help of the Students’ Society Funds.
Noting this, an emergency meeting was called for the DUPA Executive on Saturday. “The DUPA is outraged and dismayed with such an irrational, arbitrary and illegal ”Order/Permission” of the Delhi government directing the college administration to exhaust the students money accumulated over many years under the Students Society Fund meant for the activities such as campus placements, skill enhancement, career counselling and gender sensitisation, etc. he direction that grants-in-aid (GIA) for the salaries will be only released after Students’ Society Fund is exhausted will completely stop the activities for ability enhancement, soft skills learning and promotion of cross-cultural understanding among the students so imperative for their comprehensive personality development.”, DUPA said in a statement.
A special audit was ordered by the government for six colleges Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Maharishi Valmiki B Ed College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Bhagini Nivedita College and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies.
However, DUPA condemned the special audit as well and noted that there is absolutely no link between the conduct of an audit and releasing of GIA for paying salaries.