DU not constituting governing bodies in 28 colleges under pressure from Centre: AAP
Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh said on Tuesday that the DU’s vice-chancellor was acting under pressure from the Central governmentdelhi Updated: Jul 20, 2017 13:12 IST
The Aam Aadmi Party has alleged that the Delhi University administration, under pressure from the Central government, has deliberately not constituted governing bodies of the 28 colleges which are fully or partially aided by the Delhi government.
Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh said on Tuesday that the DU’s vice-chancellor was acting under pressure from the Central government and the university administration was delaying the process as it wants to put in place a team that suits the interest of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
“The tenure of governing bodies in these colleges expired in October 2016. But the governing bodies are yet to be constituted. The DU V-C and administration is acting under pressure from BJP government at the Centre. It (Centre) wants to constitute the governing body that suits them. The Delhi University is an autonomous institution, but the Centre is resorting to similar tactics as it is doing with other universities across the country,” Ashutosh said at a press conference at party headquarters.
The Delhi government funds 28 DU colleges, of which 12 receive 100% funding from the state government and 16 receive 5% funding from the government.
The governing body of each of these colleges has 15 members out of which five are nominated by the government. The government also chooses additional five members, from the list of nominations given by the college. The rest five members include the principal of the college, two university nominees, and two teachers’ representatives.
The V-C did not respond to HT’s multiple attempts to contact him.
However, another EC member who had attended the meeting where the decision to defer the constitution of governing bodies was taken said that this cannot have been done under pressure from the Centre. “The person who had raised objections regarding the propriety of procedure, is not know to have leanings towards the present central government regime,” he said.
The executive council meeting was held on Friday. Officials said the council deferred taking a decision on the governing body as they alleged that nominations had been filed under “improper procedures”, and had reportedly constituted a four-member committee to look into the suggested names.
The AAP leaders, however, questioned the formation of the committee saying, “What was the need to review the panels which were recommended by the university itself.” AAP MLA Sanjeev Jha said it seems the university is not interested in constituting the governing body.
“Earlier three months extensions used to be given to the governing body in case their tenure expired. This time, even that practice was not adhered to. In February we sent name of panelists chosen from the list of 500 teachers provided by the university. Two months later, it was rejected on frivolous ground saying that it was not sent in tabular form. We resent the list in the format sought, but even that is pending for two months now,” Jha said.