According to a report published by India Today, 12 colleges of the Delhi University might not be able to pay their teaching and non-teaching staff members.The reason for the delay is the rift between the Delhi University and the Delhi government.
“The college has been forced to divert funds from college society fund to salary account. This can only go on for a month or so. The college has not even released arrears of the seventh pay commission to our teachers. The college principal has sent two letters to the Delhi government urging it to release funds but to no avail.” an official from Acharya Narendra Dev College told India Today.
“If a college is fully funded by an institution, it means that it gets 95 to 97 per cent of the funds from it and two to three percent from student fees. Colleges get Rs. 35 to 50 crores in funding depending on the size and staff strength of the college and Rs 2crores to Rs 4 crores from student fees annually. Every college is paying two to four crore rupees monthly to its teaching and non teaching staff so if there is fund crunch, they can only pay a month’s salary from the student fees. If the college does not get a major chunk of funds, it does not have anything to depend upon. The colleges usually start off by cutting off various allowances, then activities and then delaying salaries in the event of a fund crunch”, a University official told India Today.
The Delhi Government is allegedly planning to bring these colleges under the Ambedkar University. Manish Sisodia, the Deputy CM of Delhi, has written a letter to the Secretary of Higher Education where he mentioned that no funds should be given to 28 colleges until and unless they form their governing bodies.
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