Delhi govt discontinues funding of 28 DU colleges, governing body issue

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 1, 2017

Funding for 28 Delhi University colleges that are fully or partially funded by the city government has been stopped owing to the delay in appointing governing bodies, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday.

In a major blow to Delhi University (DU), deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has made a decision to discontinue financial aid to 28 colleges, including prominent ones such as Gargi College, Kamala Nehru College, Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Shaheed Rajguru College, Maharaja Agrasen College and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College. Colleges have members suggested by both Delhi government and the university and after the committee is constituted, the government can raise concerns through its appointed members.

Smelling a rat in the functioning of the colleges, Sisodia had questioned how the educational institutes are working without forming a governing body last month. And the university also asked the college principals - to whom the letter was addressed to - take necessary action for constitution of the Governing Body in the Colleges under intimation to the University expeditiously.

"I can not allow unchecked corruption and irregularities to be sustained on Delhi government funds in the name of education", Sisodia tweeted, sending the varsity officials in a panic.

While 12 out of 28 colleges are fully funded by the Delhi government, remaining 16 receive only five per cent of their grants from it.

The Delhi government on Monday ordered a halt to the funding of 28 Delhi University (DU) colleges, which are wholly or partially funded by it, after they failed to constitute governing bodies. As per rule, the Executive Council of Delhi University scrutinises these names and makes final selection.

"The formation of the governing bodies is pending for quite long as the Arvind Kejriwal government instead of nominating persons of intellect and proven academic record has sent names of its party activists that do not match the DU guidelines", he said.

Commenting on whether the cut in funding would immediately affect the colleges, the principal of one of the 28 colleges said that they had just received the July instalment, which is one of the four they receive. Since Delhi Government had sent a number of controversial names which did not meet the required norms, the governing bodies could not being finalized.

"This issue will be sorted over the next few weeks".

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