Published: 26th February 2020
These Delhi University colleges haven't paid teachers' salaries in months. This is why
Previously, the funding to these colleges was fully/ partially stopped by the Delhi government in April 2019
The members of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College's Staff Association have alleged that the college is short of funds and does not have the money to pay salaries to its faculty and staff. If sources are to be believed, the situation is similar in all the other 11 Delhi University colleges, that are fully funded by the Delhi government.
"The teaching and non-teaching staff (of BRAC) haven't received their salary for the last month," reads a letter signed by the association's president Ravi Shankar Ravi and Secretary Anish Gupta. The AAP-led Delhi government had, last April said that it was partially/fully stopping the funding for 28 of its colleges. The reason cited for the same was that the University had failed to constitute Governing Bodies in these colleges.
The Delhi University Teachers' Association condemned the issue. "Even though the funding to these colleges were stopped in April, the pending salaries were paid by October. However, it has been stopped again," says Rajib Ray, President, DUTA. "Twelve colleges that are directly under the Delhi government are yet to receive the funds. They have in fact moved student funds to pay the salaries," he adds. These 12 colleges are — Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Science, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Shaheed Raj Guru College, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Bhagini Nivedita College, Keshav Maha Vidyalaya, Maharaja Agrasen College, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Mahirishi Balmiki College of Education and Bhaskara Charya College of Applied Science. Apart from them, 16 other colleges are partially funded by the Delhi Government
"The DUTA has already written a letter about this. The government had previously said that it had stopped the funding because these colleges did not constitute a governing body. However, they were not even given the usual extension," says Ray. "The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for this. If there is an issue between the VC and the Kejriwal government, they must fight it. But in no way, our salaries must be affected," he adds.