Even though the deadlock between the Delhi government and Delhi University — over the formation of governing bodies in 28 colleges — is yet to end, the government has decided to release a month’s salary for staff of the 12 fully funded colleges as interim relief. Education Minister Manish Sisodia approved the release of funds on request from the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA). However, in a letter to Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, Sisodia said the list of names for the governing bodies sent on August 25 should be approved and the governing bodies formed in a month’s time.
The Dean of Colleges, Devesh Sinha, could not be reached for comment. Funds to the colleges were stopped on August 1, as the university had allegedly delayed the formation of the governing bodies in 28 colleges funded by the government. The term of the governing bodies had expired in October 2016.
Of the 28 colleges, 12 are fully funded while 16 receive five per cent grant from the government and the remaining 95 per cent from the University Grants Commission. With the government deciding to release funds, DUTA has postponed its protest scheduled for October 31 outside the Vidhan Sabha.
In the letter, Sisodia also questioned the university’s intention to reduce the names in the panel from 368 to 158. The letter sent to the government on October 4 had 158 names. “The actions of the University of Delhi are totally unacceptable. There is no basis for withdrawal of the panel and for reducing the names. We do not accept this withdrawal,” he said.