The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a warning to 21 colleges under the Delhi University, saying their financial grants will be withheld if they do not appoint full-time principals.
21 DU colleges are without the regular principals for their colleges and instead have an acting head for many years. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has warned 21 DU colleges that unless they appoint regular principals for their respective colleges or else their grants would be withheld.
Over 22 out of 77 colleges in the Delhi University are running without a permanent principal, irking the teachers’ association of the university which has been demanding to streamline of the appointment process.
As per Rajnish Jain, UGC Secretary said,”As per the latest available update, it has been noticed that many colleges have not complied with the directives of MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) or UGC to appoint regular principals.
The colleges are once again requested to expedite the process of selection of a full-time regular principal in your college. Further, they are hereby requested to inform the date of interview for the post of the Principal latest by August 31 failing which the UGC will be constrained to withhold the release of further grants.”
He added,”After the issuance of the notice, only one college has appointed a regular Principal while some others are in the process of doing the same. If they do not do so in the given time frame, then their grants and benefits will be stopped. A full-time principal ensures having a good administration and maintaining an academic environment.”
UGC officials told that UGC’s threat would weigh heavy on these colleges, as they rely on the funds provided by the body for their daily functioning. The UGC wrote a letter addressing the colleges and the DU registrar in August asking them to expedite the appointment process.
The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry had directed the UGC to take an action against the colleges as they had ignored instructions from the President’s office to appoint the principals.
The colleges which are operating without a permanent principal include prestigious institutions such as Hindu College, Sri Ram College of Commerce, Kirorimal College and Kamla Nehru college, which are either being supervised by an acting principal or an officer on special duty (OSD).
The colleges in question include Hindu College, Jesus and Mary College, Kamala Nehru College and Gargi College. Most of these colleges have acting heads instead of principals for 8 years and more. The last time The Hindu college had a principal was in 2012.