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Delhi’s 12 university colleges funded by the city government are facing a funding shortage as their allocated budgets have been cut, according to alleged officials of some of the institutions. For this reason, these institutions also face difficulties in paying teachers’ salaries, they said. AU Registrar Vikas Gupta said he would take up the issue of non-release of funds with the AAP government. The issue was also raised at the university’s Executive Council meeting held on October 29.
A senior faculty member at Majaraja Agrasen College said: âThe teachers have not received their salaries for five months. The government has halved the allocated budget. Not only salaries, teachers do not receive their pensions and other allowances. Explaining the situation, Subodh Kumar, president of the Maharaja Agrasen College staff association and coordinator of all 12 colleges, said the teachers wanted the teaching and learning process to continue, but the government don’t let it happen. The government has a problem with the University of Delhi. ”
The problem existed before the Covid pandemic. There was a dispute over the formation of governing bodies, but they were formed.
“Then they (the government) alleged corruption in the colleges and despite various audits they found nothing. After the pandemic they said they had no money and cut the budget . Earlier we (the college) got Rs 28 crore, which was reduced to Rs 16 crore, “he claimed. Calling this” inhumane treatment, “Kumar said teachers will be forced to protest to resist this twist of arms by the government.This is the crisis that teachers have been forced to quit their jobs, he said.
Hem Chand Jain, principal of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, said: âLast year the government released 42 crore (at the college) but this year they reduced it to Rs 28 crore. We received two installments but looking at the situation, this money will only allow us to pay salaries for six months, âhe said.
The cost allowance and other allowances increased under the seventh salary commission and 80 teachers were promoted along with non-staff, he said. Before the Covid pandemic, the college had 122 teachers, but now we have 115, Jain said.
âSeven teachers have left their posts, including six ad-hoc teachers. One of the ad-hoc teachers works in a school because she said she would at least receive her salary on time,â Jain added.
Besides Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, other city government funded colleges are Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Bhagini Nivedita College, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Maharishi Balmiki College of Education, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Science, Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Science and Maharaja Agrasen College.
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