The Delhi government has formed a 7-member panel to investigate the use of grants by the 12 DU colleges it funds.
According to an official order, the Delhi Government on Monday formed a 7-member committee to investigate the utilization and management of finances at the 12 Delhi University institutions sponsored by the Aam Aadmi Party administration.
This comes as the Delhi government and the administrations of the 12 institutions continue to feud over fund distribution. The committee has been given 15 days to produce its findings, or by February 2, according to the directive. The committee was formed by Delhi Higher Education Minister Manish Sisodia to “investigate the situation of finances, sources of funds, usage of funds, and management of money in respect of 12 Delhi government fully financed institutions of the University of Delhi,” according to the order. Professor Balaram Pani, Dean of Colleges at Delhi University, will lead the group, which will also include Registrar Vikas Gupta. Principals of Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Maharshi Valmiki College of Education, and Maharaja Agrasen College, as well as Chairpersons of Acharya Narendra Dev College and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College’s Governing Bodies, are among the other members.
Anil Kumar Sharma, Deputy Director, Higher Education, would serve as member secretary “to properly manage the meetings,” according to the order “. The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) recently held a one-day strike to protest the City Government’s refusal to pay cash.
According to Rajesh Jha, a member of the teachers’ organization Academics For Action and Development, the finances for these colleges must be provided immediately. “Various authorities conduct audits of these universities from time to time. As a result, this committee should not be utilized to prevent monies from being released. The terms of reference make it plain that the Delhi government is interested in the college development funds, which are collected from students. This is a step toward privatization that we will not tolerate, he further added.