NEW DELHI : The Delhi
government has decided to block its funding for 28 Delhi
University (DU) colleges — that are either fully or
partially funded by it— if the DU Executive Council does
not appoint governing bodies of the colleges by July 31.
Several DU colleges have been operating without a
governing body for several months. The government has
alleged that there has been a ‘deliberate attempt’ to
delay the formation of the bodies.
The 28 colleges, of which 12 get 100% and 16 get 5%
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
Taking up the matter, Deputy Chief Minister and
Education Minister Manish Sisodia ordered both the
Directorate of Higher Education (DHE) and the Finance
Department to stop the funding for these colleges if the
governing bodies are not appointed by July 31.
In his directions to the DHE, Mr. Sisodia said he was
“shocked” by the “callousness” on the part of DU as the
colleges were functioning with truncated governing
bodies for months now.
With DU and the Delhi government nominating five members
each to the panels, Mr. Sisodia said that DU had been
holding up the appointments by not sending the names of
its nominees on time.
In fact, the DHE had sent letters and reminders to DU,
asking for its nominees, several times.
First, the DHE wrote to the Registrar of DU, asking for
the panel of names on September 16, 2016.
Separate reminders were sent on November 25, 2016,
December 29, 2016 and February 1, 2017.
On February 14, a panel of names was sent by DU to the
The AAP government then sent its panel of names for the
approval of the Executive Council on March 6.
On April 4, the government was asked to send details
about the nominees in a different format.
The list was again sent to the university by the
government on May 11.
The list was then tabled before the Executive Council on
July 3, but it was not approved.
A meeting of the council on July 6 was postponed. The
matter was again tabled before the council on July 14,
but it was not approved and a new committee was formed
to review it.
Citing these events, Mr. Sisodia said there appeared to
be a “deliberate and mala fide attempt to delay the
formation of governing bodies in the colleges funded by
the Delhi government”.
“It seems too much of a coincidence that the governing
bodies of these colleges are being delayed at a time
when the process of ad-hoc and regular appointments is
going on,” Mr. Sisodia wrote in his directions.
According to sources, the Delhi government gives about
Rs 360 crore annually to the 28 colleges.
Mr. Sisodia has ordered the DHE that the funds,
including for salaries and contingency grants, should
not be disbursed after August 1 if the governing bodies
are not in place by July 31.
The Finance Department has also been informed not to
release the funds until a written communication
confirming the appointments is not received.