A couple of days after Education Minister Atishi alleged “irregularities” at 12 DU-affiliated colleges funded by the state government, Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) President A K Bhagi Sunday wrote to Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena, terming the allegations baseless and requesting him to “intervene to save these colleges”.
The letter read: “In the event the Government of NCT is unable to provide adequate grants to these prestigious colleges with high NIRF ranking and top NAAC grades, the Government of India through UGC and DU should take over these colleges and other 20 colleges which are funded 95% by UGC and are under the Delhi Government for their maintenance.”
In his letter to Saxena, Bhagi wrote: “Your kind attention is drawn to the unfortunate letter written to Minister of Education, GOI and press statement of Ms. Atishi, Minister of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi, wherein she levelled wrong, unsubstantiated, and baseless allegation of financial irregularity in twelve colleges of University of Delhi 100% funded by Govt. of NCT of Delhi.”
He further stated that “Such a letter and media statement not only tarnish the clean image of these colleges in public but also downgrade the image of administration and governing bodies of these colleges which worked for a long span of time in these colleges.”
On the issue of appointment of faculty members in these colleges, Bhagi wrote: “The colleges have made appointments against these sanctioned posts only and as per recruitment rules of UGC and DU. Since then, wherever new courses were sanctioned by Delhi Government, appointments were made against those additional sanctioned posts by Directorate of Higher Education only….The allegations of appointment against unapproved posts and other financial irregularity in media is incorrect and maligning the image of these reputed colleges.”
Earlier, in her letter to Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Atishi had sought that the colleges be either merged and brought under the administration of the Delhi government or Centre take full control of them.
Commenting on this, DU Vice Chancellor Yogesh Singh said, “They are constituent colleges of the University of Delhi and the Delhi government should continue to fund them.”