Students, teachers protest Sisodia’s order to stop funding to 28 DU colleges
Delhi government funds 28 DU colleges, of which 12 colleges receive 100% funding and 16 receive 5% of their expenditure. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) members burnt an effigy of Sisodia outside Arts Faculty in the North Campus.Updated: Aug 02, 2017, 10:55 IST
The Delhi government’s decision to stop grants to 28 Delhi University colleges sparked protests among groups of students and teachers on Tuesday.
The Delhi government funds 28 DU colleges, of which 12 colleges receive 100% funding from the state government and 16 receive 5% of their expenditure from the government.
On Monday, Manish Sisodia, the education minister of Delhi, took to Twitter to allege “unchecked corruption and irregularities” at these colleges and had said that he could not allow it to go on. In a series of tweets, he also said that he had asked the finance department to stop funding these colleges, “as DU not willing to form governing bodies for last 10 months.”
Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and office bearers of the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) gathered outside Arts Faculty in the North Campus and burnt an effigy of Sisodia in protest.
“They had said they would build 20 new colleges. Instead, they are now closing down colleges,” said Amit Tanwar, DUSU president, while addressing the gathering in the midst of slogans ranging from ‘Manish Sisodia Murdabad’ to ‘Manish Sisodia sharam karo.’
Teachers of the National Democratic Teacher’s Front (NDTF) also staged a dharna. While calling the move ‘anti-teacher,’ ‘anti-students,’ ‘anti-employees’ and ‘anti-education,’ the president of NDTF also alleged that there were larger politics at play.
“They want to de-affiliate the 12 fully funded colleges through this. They will then try and get them under a state university, so that they can implement the 85% reservation for Delhi residents,” said AK Bhagi, the president of NDTF and a member of the executive council of DU.
“The executive council had received the names for the governing bodies at the colleges on July 13. Certain norms had been flouted, so the university had suggested that they would change their nominees to ensure that they fulfil the requirements. The special sub-committee had sent the recommendations within a week. Any delays are being caused by the government and university. Even earlier delays were because of them,” said Bhagi.
Both the students and teachers have said they would try and get the order withdrawn. Tanwar has said that they would write to the DU vice chancellor to see if the issue can be resolved peacefully.
“If not, we will then stage dharnas, not on campus, but outside the residence of the ministers,” he said.