New Delhi: A DUTA delegation which met Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today demanded the release of grants as an interim relief to 28 colleges funded by the Delhi government. After Delhi University failed to appoint governing bodies to 28 colleges affiliated with it, the Aam Aadmi Party government ordered a freeze on funding of all these colleges on July this year. All these colleges are either fully or partially funded by the government.
After the Delhi Government had ordered to freeze funding, according to a statement from Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA), the 28 colleges were finding it difficult to release salaries to teaching and non-teaching staff.
The DUTA President and Office Bearers met Mr Sisodia - who also holds the education portfolio - today and this meeting was sought on urgent basis given the crisis for the employees of these colleges.
According to the DUTA release, the Deputy Chief Minister informed the association that the decision to freeze funds had been taken as a result of the inordinate delay, on the part of the University, to cooperate in the formation of governing bodies in these colleges.
The DUTA delegation expressed the concern that teachers and non-teaching staff in these colleges would have to go without salaries leading to crisis in their personal lives and for their families.
"The DUTA delegation requested the Dy. CM to ensure that employees and students are not made to suffer due to this standoff between the State Government and the University," the DUTA release said.
The DUTA has also demanded interim relief for the funds required to pay salaries.
The DUTA delegation also discussed the issue of corruption and misuse of office by the Principal, Bhagini Nivedita College.
The DUTA delegation also discussed crisis faced by colleges, including Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, because of inadequate teaching posts.
DUTA president Rajib Ray said the meeting was congenial.
(With Inputs from PTI)
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