The HRD Ministry has sanctioned 646 new teaching posts for various departments of Delhi University (DU) and another 2,860 posts for colleges under the university.
The expansion comes in lieu of the implementation of OBC reservation in colleges and university departments.
Interestingly, DU has to fill up 215 posts in the departments and at least 1,313 posts in various colleges in the current academic session.
“The existing vacancies in various colleges have not been filled up due to various internal reasons. So, we have asked the vice-chancellor to set up a committee to look into the appointments under the OBC expansion category,” said Rekha Dyal, member of DU’s executive council.
Moreover, as recurring grant, DU departments will receive Rs 323.10 crore every year for the next five years. The 53 UGC-aided colleges will receive Rs883.63 crore. But the colleges which are 100 percent funded by the Delhi government have been left to fend for themselves.
For non-recurring expenditure such as improving infrastructure, laboratories, libraries and construction of hostels, classrooms and academic buildings, colleges and departments will receive Rs 436.36 crore and Rs 194.67 crore respectively, for the next three years.
The first installment of Rs 215.87 crore has already been released.
“It is good that the ministry has released the first installment on time. However, the Delhi government-funded colleges have been left out and the University should take up the matter,” said S.S. Rathi, member of Delhi University Court.
Principals echoed this view.
“We run from a school building and have a huge space crunch. We have been asked to implement the OBC quota but no one is willing to give the funds,” said the principal of a South Delhi college, not wanting to be named.
The university had already written to the UGC, said Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental. “Those colleges are also a part of the university and we have written to the UGC to ensure that they are not left out,” said Pental.