Delhi’s Education Minister, Atishi, has called on the Directorate of Higher Education (DHE) to release the third quarterly grant for 12 Delhi University colleges fully funded by the Delhi Government. These colleges include Maharaja Agrasen College, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies.
In a letter to the DHE, Atishi expressed concern over the delayed disbursement of funds, which has led to difficulties in processing essential payments, including salaries, pension arrears, and medical bills. The delay in fund disbursement has created significant obstacles in meeting the colleges’ financial obligations, especially in disbursing salaries, which have been pending for months, causing hardship for staff and faculty.
Atishi directed the DHE to propose a mechanism for timely payment of the remaining dues to the staff and faculty of these 12 colleges. The matter was previously brought before the Delhi High Court, which, on September 1, directed the DHE to release grants-in-aid to the colleges by September 15 and provide proof of processing the third installment.
On September 20, the DHE informed the court that a meeting had been held between the secretary and the principals of the 12 colleges to address the issue. It also committed to scheduling future meetings to resolve salary payment issues for teachers. The high court is set to continue hearing the matter on October 17.
Atishi’s intervention aims to expedite the release of funds and ensure that the colleges can meet their financial obligations, particularly salary disbursements while preventing further hardship for staff and faculty.
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