DUTA alleges pay cut of teachers in 12 DU colleges due to fund crisis, demands centralisation: Report

Delhi University Teachers Association’s statement came after DDU college reportedly issued a notice on salary cut of assistant, associate professors.


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DUTA protesting against DU fund crunch (Source: Official Twitter Account: AK Bhagi)DUTA protesting against DU fund crunch (Source: Official Twitter Account: AK Bhagi)

Vagisha Kaushik | September 9, 2022 | 05:39 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) has alleged that 12 colleges under the University of Delhi fully funded by the AAP government have been cutting salaries of teachers since the last two years due to fund crunch, as per a report from ANI. The teachers association has reportedly demanded the central government to take these DU colleges under its control.

DUTA President, AK Bhagi, told ANI, “Due to fund deficit, pay cut of teachers happening since last 2 yrs in 12 colleges under Delhi govt. We've held demonstrations outside CM's house, gone to Dy CM, nobody listened to us. We want the Central govt to take these colleges under its wing.”

Bhagi further alleged that there's misgovernance in 20 more colleges running under the Delhi government. “Governing bodies in those colleges have been politicized, AAP workers appointed as members,” he said.

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As per various media reports, DU’s Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College issued a notice saying that it is revoking salaries of assistant and associate professors due to “paucity of funds”.

"This is for information of all permanent teaching staff that due to paucity of funds, ₹ 30,000 has been retained from net salary of Assistant Professors and ₹ 50,000 from net salary of Associate Professors/Professors for the month of July, 2022. The same will be released as and when funds are available," read the official notice from DDU.

Non-release of grants

Recently, thousands of teachers took out a march and raised slogans against the Delhi government for the fund cut and irregular grants to 12 DU colleges fully funded by it. DUTA raised demands with the DU administration, Education ministry and the University Grants Commission regarding 25 per cent Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) expansion seats and fund crisis in 12 colleges of DU fully funded by the Delhi Government.

In January, DUTA had called for a strike to protest against the alleged non-release of grants in full to these colleges. "The fund cut imposed by the Government of NCT of Delhi has caused non-payment of salaries for two-six months in various colleges of 12 Delhi government-funded colleges that has caused immense hardship to teachers and employees of these colleges," a statement from DUTA said.

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Apart from Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, other colleges funded by city government are Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Bhagini Nivedita College, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Maharishi Balmiki College of Education, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Science, Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Science and Maharaja Agrasen College.

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