DU Requests The City Government To Clear The Dues Of 12 Colleges

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The Delhi University has requested the Delhi government to release payments for pending salaries to 12 colleges that receive their entire funding from the city government itself. These colleges include: Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Shaheed Raj Guru College, Bhagini Nivedita College, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Science, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Bhaskara Charya College of Applied Science, Maharaja Agrasen College, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Acharya Narendra Dev College and Maharshi Valmiki College of Education.

Balaram Pani, the Dean of Colleges, wrote a letter to Manish Sisodia, the education minister, and to the Department of Higher Education of the Delhi government on the 4th of August. The letter stated that both the teaching and non-teaching staff of these colleges  have been facing financial difficulties as they have not received the share of their salaries since the past four months.

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In May, the Delhi government had assigned grant-in-aid salaries to the staff members of these colleges. However, the amount proved to be inadequate. Further again in June, the Delhi government sanctioned Rs 18.75 crore for the same. This once again led to a deficiency in the required amount of funding that was needed by the University.

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This insufficient nature of funds has not only put the staff members, but also their family under an incomprehensible hardship during these testing times. Their essential needs for survival have been jeopardized due to the cutting off of income by the concerned authorities. Thus, it should be a top priority for them to take the necessary steps for releasing the required grant-in-aid for the colleges.

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So far, the Delhi University and the Delhi government have been at loggerheads as they have been trying to play the blame game constantly, by accusing each other of delaying the creation of governing bodies in 28 colleges that are either partially or fully funded by the city government.

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Apoorva Iyer
Apoorva Iyer is a student of B.A Political Science (Hons.) at Deshbandhu College, Delhi University.

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