Formation of a new government in the Capital has raised the hopes of 12 Delhi University colleges which are 100% funded by the Delhi government. Colleges such as Acharya Narendra Dev, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences (BCAS), Bhagini Nivedita, Maharaja Agrasen and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya have been facing several challenges as they are dependent on the state government for funding.
Take the case of BCAS. The college has been awaiting a go-ahead from the Directorate of Higher Education (DHE) for the appointment of permanent teachers. Strangely, though DHE has granted funds to the college, it has not sanctioned use of the funds, even though the principal has been running from pillar to post to get the sanctions and approvals for appointment of teachers. HT Education has copies of the several letters he has written to the DHE, UGC and DU, but the problems have not been resolved. “We were given a grant of Rs. 65 lakh, but no sanction orders were issued. The case is similar for all teaching posts. I have been running around to get these streamlined for the last two years but the various departments involved have been delaying it. We have been directed by the UGC and the university to act fast on these fronts but we are helpless. Currently, more than 50% of our teaching staff is working on ad hoc basis. We have to manage with less than 40% non-teaching staff. We need at least 28 more permanent teachers. The DHE wants us to sign an undertaking that we will not misuse the funds,” says Manoj Khanna, officiating principal, BCAS.
The college, which has won a Star College award, “does not have adequate furniture, IT items and software, desks and other necessary infrastructure sanctioned. We have a rich resource of books worth lakhs of rupees stacked up in the library but the required almirahs and bookshelves have not been sanctioned. The condition of the books is deteriorating All maintainance work related to the building is with the PWD but it is not being taken care of properly. We have a green campus but a number of plants are wilting due to lack of care. The campus has CCTV cameras installed but not a single camera is functioning.
“The college also has to rely on water tankers by paying extra money to meet the drinking water demand of students as the Delhi Jal Board and Delhi Development Authority are not doing the needful. Six new courses have been approved by our governing body but because we don’t have enough teachers and infrastructure, we can’t start them,” adds Khanna.
Funding for the laboratory, equipment and other infrastructure along with sanction of teachers’ salaries are some of the challenges faced by Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College. “There are teaching and non-teaching posts to be filled up but the files are pending with DHE. Another challenge is the conflict with university rules which leads to such delays. There should be better streamlining to ensure that funds are released on time. We also demand more positions based on UGC norms. We have 87 permanent teachers and 37 ad hoc teachers and need at least 10 more teachers. Our new building is under construction in Dwarka for which `150 crore was sanctioned, out of which we have got Rs. 80-90 crore. The rest is yet to be released,” says SK Garg, principal of DDU College.
We were given a grant of `65 lakh, but no sanction orders were issued. The case is similar for all posts. I have been running around to get these streamlined for the last two years, Manoj Khanna, officiating principal, BCAS