Published: 31st July 2017
Delhi government freezes the funding of 28 DU colleges
The decision was taken following the varsity's failure to appoint governing bodies for months
The Delhi government on Monday ordered a freeze on funding for 28 Delhi University colleges that are either fully or partially funded by it. "Hv ordered Fin Dept to stop funding for all Delhi gov funded 28 DU colleges, as DU not willing to hv governing bodies for last 10 months," said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said in a series of tweets.
"I cannot allow unchecked corruption and irregularities to be sustained on Delhi government funds in the name of education," he added. Delhi University Registrar Tarun Das, who is authorised to speak to the media, remained unavailable for his comments on the issue. The 28 colleges, of which 12 get 100 per cent and 16 get 5 per cent funding from the government, have not had full governing bodies since October 2016, when their term ended.
This is the first time that the bodies were not given a three-month extension. In February, DU had sent a panel of names to the Delhi Government following which the AAP dispensation had sent the Governing Body list in March, for approval by the Executive Council. However, no decision has been taken yet in this regard by the DU. Earlier this month, the government had threatened to stop the funding if DU failed to constitute Governing Bodies by July 31.