Resolve the Crisis in 12 DU Colleges Funded by Delhi Government

Resolve the Crisis in 12 DU Colleges Funded by Delhi Government

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Rajib Ray started this petition to Shri Ram Nath Kovindji President of India & Visitor Delhi University

Respected Sir,

We write to you in great distress seeking your intervention on the crisis engulfing the 12 Delhi University colleges that are 100% funded by Delhi Government due to the failure of the Delhi Government to sanction the requisite Grant-in-aid. The magnitude of the crisis is such that we are forced to seek your immediate intervention. For the past one year or more, the sanction of grants has been sporadic and grossly inadequate for even paying salaries and pensions of employees. After many reminders and protest, the Delhi Government finally sanctioned some grants on 25.03.2020, 7.05.2020 and 3.06.2020. However, each time, the grants were woefully inadequate to meet even the basic requirements.

What started ostensibly as a stand-off between the University of Delhi and the Delhi Government over non-formation of the Governing Bodies in these colleges has pushed these institutions into a deep crisis. Paucity of funds or unresolved issues of governance cannot be used as pretexts for withholding grants and denying basic rights to employees.

Today, salaries and pensions of employees in most colleges have not been paid since the month of May. Payment of other dues of employees including medical bills, arrears of the 7th Pay Commission and vacation salary of ad-hoc teachers for last year 2019 have not been done due to inadequacy of grants. Even pensioners, perhaps the most vulnerable section of our society, have not been spared. This inordinate delay has created tremendous hardship for all employess, more so in the current context, when they are battling health and livelihood issues due to the pandemic.

The non-release of grants has also affected the academic and administrative day-to-day functioning of these institutions, which are among the top colleges of the country. Infrastructure development and maintenance is not being taken care of, posts required for expansion owing to implementation of EWS Reservation have not been sanctioned, resulting in skewed student-teacher ratio and adversely impacting the quality of education. Adequate teachers and infrastructure is being denied to the new programmes of study/ courses that were approved and started over the last few years. This is impacting the teaching learning process too and the students are at the receiving end of this unwarranted action of the Delhi Government of withholding grants.

We appeal to your good offices to urgently intervene to ensure the release of adequate financial grants to these 12 Delhi University colleges.

Yours sincerely, 

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