The Delhi University Teachers Association said in a memorandum to the CM’s that this was the first time the government had stopped paying salary and pension grants.
Since November, the CM’s not allocated adequate funds to pay the teachers at 12 Delhi University Colleges, prompting teachers to stage a protest march from the DU Vice Chancellor’s Office to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Monday, January 15. On Tuesday, the principals of these colleges will meet with the CM. According to college staff, the Delhi government is yet to release Rs 6.25 crore to DDU College in Dwarka, Rs 6.2 crore to ANDC College in Govindpuri, Rs 4.16 crore to Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Science in Dwarka, Rs 3.25 crore to Maharaja Agrasen College in Vasundhara Enclave, Rs 1.85 crore to Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women in Vasundhara Enclave, Rs 1.5 crore to DDU College.
Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Maharishi Valmiki College of Education, and Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Science are the remaining schools. The Delhi government completely funds all of these schools. The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) claimed in a memorandum to the CM’s that this was the first time the government had stopped paying salary and pension grants. “The awarding of grants to the 12 colleges has been erratic and insufficient over the past year. The letter claimed that “the inordinate and unexplained repeated delays in grant release are crippling institutions.” On Sunday, DUTA sent a similar letter to the DU Vice-Chancellor. Due to the fact that college workers have not been paid for more than six months, DUTA has called for a full shutdown of colleges beginning March 11. Teachers at DDU College say they have not earned their salaries since October. Following the call for an indefinite shutdown, the Delhi government released Rs 82.79 crore in salary funds and Rs 9.6 crore in non-salary funds on Friday.
DUTA President Rajib Ray underscored that these colleges were being forced to adopt a document called the ‘Pattern of Assistance’ issued by the Delhi Government’s Directorate of Higher Education. “The provisions of the ‘Pattern of Assistance’ aims to redefine the association of these 12 colleges with Delhi University and coerce them to gradually becoming self-sufficient and self-sustaining,” said Ray. “Student fees would not be used to pay our wages. This cannot be prevented. When we start paying staff wages with student fees, the fees will escalate, just as they have in private universities around the country. Poor students will bear the brunt of the consequences. If there is a surplus, the colleges should reduce the fees,” Dev Habib explained. The spokesperson for the Delhi government declined to comment on the matter and claimed that they would not issue a statement on the subject as well.