Manish Sisodia urges DU’s Vice-Chancellor to extend the tenure of governing bodies

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Delhi University administration and Delhi government are at loggerheads yet again.

Delhi Education Minister and Deputy CM, Manish Sisodia wrote a letter to DU’s Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi urging him to extend the tenure of governing bodies of varsity’s 28 State-funded colleges by three months with an immediate effect.

Out of the 28 Delhi government funded colleges in DU, 12 colleges are fully funded by the government and include colleges such as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Acharya Narendra Dev, and Bhagini Nivedita among others.

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The remaining 16 colleges receive 5 per cent of their funds from the Delhi Government and include colleges such as Kamla Nehru College and Gargi College.

Each college has a governing body comprising of 15 members— 10 Government nominees, Principal of the college, 2 people nominated by the University and 2 from the teaching staff of the college.

The governing bodies are responsible for taking decisions to ensure smooth functioning of the colleges. This decision making also involves the appointment process.

The tenure of governing bodies of the 28 state government funded colleges got over on March 8. Sisodia wrote a letter to Tyagi on February 20 requesting him to extend the term of governing bodies by three months. Sisodia had cited Ordinance XVIII (3) (1) of the DU Act.

Sisodia, in his letter, said that it would not be desirable that the colleges are run without properly constituted governing bodies and urged that the term of the existing nominees be extended.

This is not the first time that the governing bodies of these 28 government funded colleges have found themselves in the middle of a conflict. Earlier in 2017, The Delhi government had stopped funding because there was no consensus on governing body nominees which resulted in no salary for the teachers.

“I have come to know about the undue prolonged delay in these governing bodies formations. Such delays and absence of governing bodies hamper the ongoing development projects in the colleges,” said Sisodia. He added that there have been several instances where the term of governing bodies was extended.

Accusing the University administration of its politically targeted move and sidelining the Delhi government, Sisodia wrote another letter to Tyagi on Wednesday.

“So I again request you to extend the tenure of the governing bodies by three months w.e.f March 9, 2019, under the concerned statutory provision without any further delay,” read the letter.

Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi and DU Registrar Tarun Das did not respond to calls or messages from reporters. However, an official in DU administration said that the University might take some action next week.

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