DU Teachers’ Association strikes over funds

Several Delhi University teaching and non-teaching staff on Thursday took part in a one-day strike called by the DU Teachers’ Association (DUTA) against the alleged cut in funds for 12 colleges by the government of the city.

In a statement, the DUTA said the “unwarranted cut-off of funds” resulted in the non-payment of salaries to thousands of employees at these 12 colleges in the past two to six months and the non-reimbursement of medical bills. , allowances, arrears, etc. over the past two years, making these 12 colleges “financially ill”.

The protest was led by the president of DUTA, Professor Ajay Kumar Bhagi, board members, DUTA executives and the entire teaching and non-teaching fraternity of DU who boycotted online courses and administrative work. Delhi University and College Karmachari Union (DUCKU) also supported DUTA’s appeal and issued a letter in this regard.

The Delhi University Principal Association (DUPA) and DUTA have also urged the university administration to intervene in the matter. Professor Bhagi and all other members of the DUTA board tweeted against the reduction in funds and called on the Delhi government to reimburse all dues and to maintain the continuity of the supply of funds in the future.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government issued a notice to hand over responsibility for these 12 colleges to AOs, Delhi government employees in addition to their existing duties, they alleged. “The DUTA rejects this attack on the educational autonomy of the DU and its colleges by the AAP government. It seems that the Delhi government wants to impose its funding formula which would lead to a self-financing mode of education in these institutions, ”said DUTA. .

Denying any delay in releasing funds, Atishi said a total of Rs 53.49 crore had been released by the Delhi government in October-November 2021 for the distribution of wages in the October-December 2021 quarter. funds released by the Delhi government, the colleges seem determined not to pay their teachers. This clearly indicates a case of extreme financial mismanagement. One has to wonder why there is a lack of transparency in these colleges. Colleges fail to fulfill not their homework on time and turn around to say that the Delhi government is not giving funds, ”she said.

She asked why the delays are “intentionally planted” and “why are colleges blaming the Delhi government when the delay is over? “We urge the administration of the University of Delhi to examine why such extreme cases of financial mismanagement are occurring under their watch,” she said.

Twenty-eight DU colleges are partially or fully funded by the Delhi government, of which 12 are fully funded. Colleges and government have battled over the issue of unlocking funds for the past two or three years.

With entries from PTI.

Andrew B. Reiter