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Deputy CM orders three months' grants to be released for 28 Delhi govt colleges

NEW DELHI: Amid the protest of the teaching and non-teaching staffs of 28 Delhi government funded Delhi University colleges, Delhi' Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on an urgent order directed the Directorate of Higher Education on Sunday to release fund for the next three months. "Since we do not want teachers to face hardships, the Directorate of Higher Education should release three months grant to these 28 colleges. The names for the Governing Bodies are enclosed. As soon as the Governing Bodies are formed, the normal flow of funds shall be resumed," wrote the Deputy CM.

The Deputy CM who also holds the portfolio of the Education Minister also noted,

"Delhi University has repeatedly made attempts to stall the functioning of the 28 Delhi Government funded colleges. Even in the last tenure, multiple delays were caused to the formation Governing Bodies of these 28 colleges." He further wrote that even when the tenure of the previous Governing Body ended, despite precedent the University did not give a 3-month extension to the previous Governing Body. "Even when the names were sent by the University Panel, only 180 names were sent whereas as per precedent more than 250 names. It is this reason that forced the Oovcmmenl of NCT of Delhi to stop the funds of these colleges," he wrote.

The Deputy CM also after meeting the representatives the teachers' association (Delhi University Teachers' Association) took the decision. "Keeping in mind this development and using the opportunity for positive intervention towards resolution of the issue, the DUTA Office Bearers have decided to postpone the DUTA Protest Dharna scheduled for tomorrow, 17 June at the residence of CM," said DUTA in a statement after the Delhi government's decision.

It added that The DUTA will also continue to pursue the matter of formation of GBs with the Vice-Chancellor so that matter is amicably resolved without further delay. "The DUTA will seek an immediate meeting with the Deputy Chief Minister to pursue, the formation of Governing Bodies, ensured 5% contribution towards partially maintained DU Colleges and grants for infrastructure creation and sanction of teaching and non-teaching posts towards EWS Expansion in the 12 fully funded colleges," noted the statement by DUTA.

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