Non-payment of salaries: HC says DU teachers can’t be allowed to suffer

By: PTI | New Delhi |

November 2, 2020 8:49:12 pm

Delhi University campus (File Photo)

Teachers can’t be allowed to suffer within the blame sport between the AAP authorities and Delhi University schools, the Delhi High Court on Monday noticed whereas listening to a plea difficult the choice to pay the excellent salaries to staffers from the Students Society Fund (SSF).

The excessive court docket requested the counsel for Delhi University Students Union (DUSU), which has challenged the October 16 order of the Delhi authorities asking the 12 schools, that are totally funded by the state, to pay the salaries of over 1500 workers– each educating and non-teaching– from the scholars’ fund, to make the universities celebration to the petition.

The court docket additionally noticed that Delhi University is the guardian of all its schools and there may be some accountability of the varsity to put issues so as and clear up the problems.

Justice Jyoti Singh requested as to why the universities involved usually are not made a celebration to the petition and stated she’s going to hear the matter as soon as they’re arrayed as respondents within the plea.

Colleges ought to be made a celebration. In this blame sport, teachers can’t be allowed to suffer. Where ought to teachers go then. They also needs to say okay high-quality we’re not working. I’m questioning and amazed that faculties which ought to be made first celebration usually are not made a celebration in any respect, the choose stated.

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The excessive court docket stated it will be unfair to go any order within the absence of schools.

The counsel showing for the Delhi authorities knowledgeable the court docket {that a} coordinate bench of the excessive court docket, on October 23, had stayed the choice asking the 12 DU schools to pay excellent salaries of staffers from the scholars’ fund.

The counsel stated the universities are needed events to the plea and the petitioner has chosen not to implead them and therefore, the interim order of keep shall be vacated.

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The excessive court docket stated it discovered drive within the Delhi authorities counsel’s rivalry that the universities should be made a celebration however refused to go any order at this stage.

Advocate Jivesh Tiwari, representing DUSU, sought time to implead the universities as events to the petition.

The excessive court docket listed the matter for additional listening to on November 5 and stated the interim order will proceed until then.
During the listening to, advocate Aakanksha Kaul, representing the Delhi University, stated the varsity is supporting the scholars’ petition and added that the scholars fund can’t be used for paying teachers salaries and it’ll quantity to dishonest the scholars.

The excessive court docket requested the DU counsel to take directions on the problem of funds and grants from the upper authorities and inform the court docket about it on the subsequent date of listening to.

The faculty workers has not been paid for the final three months.

Twelve schools that are affiliated with the Delhi University and are totally funded by the Delhi authorities are Acharya Narendra Dev College, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, Bhagini Nivedita College, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Aditi Mahavidyalaya Women’s College, Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Sciences, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Maharaja Agrasen College (DU), Maharshi Valmiki College of Education, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies.

The excessive court docket had on October 23 issued discover to the Directorate of Higher Education, Delhi University and Delhi authorities and sought their replies on the petition by DUSU.

DUSU, in its plea, stated such arbitrary and unlawful utilization of the money raised by college students for his or her tutorial welfare has pressured the petitioner who represents the scholars of the college as a union, to come to this court docket for quashing of such unlawful, unjust and arbitrary order that’s unjust and violative of the rights of college students as an entire.

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The plea stated the Directorate of Higher Education has directed the 12 schools, that are 100 per cent funded by the Delhi authorities, to exhaust and utilise the funds gathered by the scholars with respect to the Students Society Fund (SSF) maintained by the respective schools for and by the scholars.

It stated that as per the UGC tips, solely 11 heads can be included as revenue and 34 heads for expenditure. It added that for paying the salaries solely these heads that are beneath “income” head can be used for paying salaries.

This doesn’t embody the fund collected by college students beneath the societies head or any quantity saved in that corpus fund with regard to the SSF can be utilised for this objective, the plea stated.

…the impugned actions are unhealthy in regulation and violate the rights of each scholar that has contributed to such SSF and utilization of the such Funds for the cost of salaries will be extremely objectionable as their lies no purpose or precedent for the utilization of such scholar funds for cost of salaries from schools that are 100 per cent funded by the respondent no.3 (Delhi authorities),” it stated.
The authorities order had given permission for utilising the Students Society Fund(SSF) for cost of salaries to the educating and non-teaching workers.

If any salaries stay unpaid after the SSF has been exhausted, the remaining quantity will be paid by the Directorate of Higher Education after receipt of formal request from the involved faculty(s), it added.

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