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DUSU fumes over order on payment of salaries from student funds

Around 1,200 teaching and 900 non-teaching staff members employed on a permanent basis in these colleges, apart from contractual staff which include Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Shaheed Rajguru College for Applied Sciences for Women, Maharaja Agrasen College and Acharya Narendra Dev College, among others.




New Delhi, Oct 18 : The Delhi government’s latest order to pay salaries of teaching and non teaching staff of 12 colleges of University of Delhi which are funded by the state government from the students’ society funds (SSF) is receiving immense backlash from the students and teachers’ community alike.

The Delhi University Students’ Union along with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has opened up a front against the Delhi government over its order on the issue. Meanwhile, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has also opposed the order of the government.

The student body and DUSU told IANS that they plan to mobilise the students to oppose this loot of students’ funds. Apart from agitation and protests, they also informed that they would file a PIL against the Delhi government’s order if it fails to repeal the order.

In the order which was released on Friday, Delhi government’s Directorate of Higher Education cited “ongoing special audit and non-release of grant-in-aid” as the reason owing to the pending salaries of staff. It also stated that such actions have been taken in the past as well.

“Outstanding salaries to teaching and non-teaching staff be released immediately from the Student Society Fund (SSF) as has been done in the past, till the process of special audit is completed/further installments of grant-in-aid (under the salary head) are released,” the order read.

However, the order did not clarify whether the money, thus borrowed, would be later put back.

The DUTA strongly condemned the order and said that using SSC for paying salaries, the Delhi government is pushing the burden of salaries on parents and students.

“This fund is collected from students for organising extra-curricular activities and is, thus, plugged back into the system by colleges for students. By ordering usage of SSF for paying salaries, Delhi government is pushing the burden of salaries on parents and students. This is unacceptable, even as an interim measure,” he stated.

The DUTA also said that the audits are routine matters for any institution and salaries have never been stopped on this pretext earlier. “Why should it be any different this time?” DUTA president Rajib Ray wondered.

The SSF cannot be siphoned for salary purposes on a permanent basis. This is neither justifiable nor sustainable, he added.

The teachers and principals of 12 Delhi government-funded colleges have been protesting since May against the delay in disbursal of grants to, which they claim is the reason for salaries remaining unpaid up to the last six months.

Around 1,200 teaching and 900 non-teaching staff members employed on a permanent basis in these colleges, apart from contractual staff which include Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Shaheed Rajguru College for Applied Sciences for Women, Maharaja Agrasen College and Acharya Narendra Dev College, among others.

DUSU President, Akshit Dahiya said: “If the funds requisite for student endeavours are used for other purposes, how would the students have any funds to take over society activities? This fund stands to be received in the form of fees paid by the students and the government has no role in its acquisition, nor its contribution.

“The college level societies already face hitches accounting sufficient funds for their activities and many times, have to contribute from their own pockets. At such an instance when the society culture of the University which gives way to some of the finest student models in multiple fields is facing shortages of funds, the decision is only unfair. We will resolutely raise objections against this decision,” he said.


SC comes to the rescue of DU law student, gives her shot at career in law




Delhi University

The past two years have been tumultuous for law student Ankita Meena. Amid several legal adversities, she continued to put a brave face and cleared all the hurdles in finishing her law studies at Delhi University.

In second year, she was not allowed to write her exams, as she missed classes due to the advanced stage of her pregnancy. Her miseries were quadrupled after her results for fourth, fifth and sixth semesters were also withheld. Yet she did not give up and continued the battle in the top court, which reached its finality on Friday. The Supreme Court has now directed the Delhi University to declare the fifth semester results, which would allow her to have a shot at a career in law.

On Friday, a bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said: “The IA (intervention application) and the SLP (special leave petition) are disposed of, directing the university to declare the fifth semester supplementary examination results of the petitioner and issue the provisional degree along with necessary certificates, provided she had passed the examinations, subject to the petitioner clearing the other formalities.”

Meena joined the three-year LLB course at Law Centre II, Faculty of Law, Delhi University, in August 2016. By the time she joined the course, she was already married for about five months. She completed the first three semesters without any hindrance. However, she fell short of the required attendance mark during the fourth semester, due to two difficulties: One, she gave birth to a baby in February 2018; and second, the teachers’ association went on strike in middle of March, hence classes were impacted.

In May 2018, when she was in second year, the top court declined to give her permission to write her exams as she had missed her classes due to her pregnancy. The court noted that it was “very uncomfortable” to pass an order at 1 pm on her plea to sit in the exam scheduled an hour later.

In October 2018, the top court permitted her to attend classes at her own risk on completion of the required formalities.

In February 2019, the court directed the university to permit her to attend the classes for sixth semester as per its October 2018 order. On July 5, 2019, the Supreme Court directed the university to permit her to appear in the fifth semester supplementary examination scheduled the next day.

In July 2020, the apex court directed that her results for fourth and sixth semesters be declared. Following these orders, Meena appeared for fourth, fifth and sixth semester exams.

The university had declared the results of the fourth and fifth semester examinations, but did not declare the results for the fifth semester supplementary examination. The top court noted that Meena has completed the course in entirety and the results of all the semester examinations except the fifth semester supplementary examination have already been declared.

Directing the university to declare the fifth semester results, the top court said: “This order is passed under the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case.”

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CWC meet: Senior leaders engage in verbal spat over internal elections




Ashok Gehlot

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Friday witnessed some heated exchange of words among Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, senior leader Anand Sharma and several other dissenters over internal elections, party sources said.

According to a party source, Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad and P. Chidambaram raised the issue of the elections for the CWC post.

Following the issue of the elections, Gehlot ticked off the dissenters without naming them and said that a few party leaders keep on demanding for the organisational elections instead of discussing how to deal with the BJP.

The source also said that the Rajasthan Chief Minister has stated that party leaders are wasting time discussing irrelevant issues like party elections.

“We should leave the matters and decisions to the party’s president,” Gehlot said.

He also questioned the party leaders: “If they don’t believe the party leadership (Sonia Gandhi) or not?”.

Gehlot was backed by senior party leader Ambika Soni, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Tariq Anwar and former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Hitting back at Gehlot, Sharma said that few members of the party keep on disrespecting the senior leaders.

Following the ugly verbal spat among the senior leaders, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi intervened to placate both the groups.

However, party leaders at a press conference maintained that there was no such verbal war in the CWC, which is the highest decision making body of the party.

After the CWC meet, Congress General Secretary (Organisation) K. C. Venugopal said that the party will have an elected president by June this year at any cost.

“The CWC discussed the schedule of Congress president’s elections in May-end, proposed by its election authority. All CWC members unanimously requested Congress president that the internal elections should not interfere with the Assembly polls,” Venugopal said.

Congress national media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said that “don’t get misguided and don’t fall for rumours”.

“The leaders whose names have been taken are not dissenters — they are our respected leaders and they are our family members. And we all were unanimous that the party election schedule be postponed for a month,” Surjewala said at a press briefing after the meeting.

Responding to the question of senior leaders sparring over the organisational election issue, Venugopal said, “There was no big debate in the CWC. We will conduct party election as per its constitution. And the schedule will be out very soon.”

“Some change in schedule was required due to coming Assembly elections (in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal, and Puducherry) and that was taken into consideration; the party will announce the election schedule accordingly,” he said.https://df6bd6113aa2538c990afac925a9dc43.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

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11th round of talks breaks down, deadlock on farm laws continues





The eleventh round of talks between the government and representatives of the farmers Union ended on Friday without any solution in sight as Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar urged the Union leaders to rethink about rejecting the government’s proposal to suspend the new farm laws for one and half years.

No date for the next round of talks has been decided and the meeting will be held whenever farmer leaders are ready for a dialogue on the proposal given by the government in the 10th round of talks, on January 20.

After the meeting, Parminder Singh Palmajra, a Bharatiya Kisan Union leader from Punjab, said the farmers will now further intensify the agitation. The ministers present in the talks — Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railways, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash — will shortly address the media about the dialogue.

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