Delhi University’s Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College has released only a part of the salary of its permanent teaching staff in July due to “paucity of funds”, drawing a sharp reaction from the college’s governing body. According to the notice it issued, the assistant professors at the college have suffered a pay cut of Rs 30,000 while associate professors and professors have received 50,000 less in their net salaries.
DDU is among the 12 DU colleges fully funded by the Delhi government. “This is for information of all permanent teaching staff that due to paucity of funds, Rs 30,000 has been retained from Net Salary of Assistant Professors and Rs 50,000 from Net Salary of Associate Professors/Professors for the month of July, 2022,” the notice signed by officiating principal Hem Chand Jain read.
“The same will be released as and when the funds are available,” it read. Jain refused to comment on the matter when contacted by PTI.
The college said that it will as of now have a five-day week because the government is not releasing money to pay the electricity bills. Meanwhile, the governing body chairman Sunil Kumar wrote to Jain asking for an explanation, claiming that the required amount was released under salary head’ by the directorate of higher education.
“When the required amount was released under salary head by the DHE, It is learnt that employees of college have been paid their salary for July after retaining Rs 50000/- of associate professor/professor and Rs 30000/- of assistant professor. “Please clarify with whose permission you deduct this amount,” Kumar wrote to Jain.
He asked Jain to use the Rs 25 crore amount “lying with banks” in the form of fixed deposits to distribute the teachers’ salaries. Kumar claimed that the directorate of higher education has made all payments that are due to the college on a quarterly basis.
“The question arises as to what have you done with this money? What financial irregularities have been done that today the college is not paying full salaries to the staff?” Kumar asked. Kumar also accused the college administration of committing financial irregularities. “A full financial audit needs to be done and responsibility fixed as to where has the Delhi government salary grant been spent,” Kumar wrote in the mail.