DTF criticises move by Delhi Govt in regard to IGIPESS
A meeting of the Department of Higher Education, convened by the Hon. Chief Minister, Smt. Sheila Dixit, is to take place on 13 May 2009 to discuss allotment of land and administrative and management structure of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences (IGIPESS). The Vice-Chancellor of Ambedkar University is also an invitee to this meeting meant to discuss admission, administrative and management structure of IGIPESS.
The DTF takes serious view of this move by the Delhi government to intervene in the administrative and management of a college affiliated to Delhi University, in open violation of the Delhi University Act and Statutes. The fact the VC of Ambedkar University has been invited to this meeting also raises the suspicion that this could be a design to transfer the IGIPESS to this university. This is not the first time that one is witnessing this move, of transferring Delhi Government administered colleges affiliated to Delhi University to newly created universities. A similar move was made by the BJP government under the then Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma to transfer some of the newly created Delhi University colleges to IP University. It was the collective strength of the teachers under the leadership of the DUTA, with Vijender Sharma as President and Shaswati Mazumdar as Secretary, that forced the government then to desist from such an insidious design. It is indeed deplorable that both the Congress and the BJP governments have been active in the commercialisation and privatisation of higher education. It is also unfortunate that the pro-Congress AAD leadership of the DUTA today is silent on such an important issue which again leads to suspicion about the active collusion of the present AAD-led DUTA leadership with the government. No wonder then that no collective challenge to such insidious moves will have serious repercussions for the future of higher education.
The DTF also takes a serious note of the fact that the colleges fully funded by the Delhi Government have not received any funds for the expansion of their faculty and infrastructure to address the 54% increase in student admission due to OBC reservation. Ironically both Delhi and the Central Governments led by the Congress have abdicated their responsibility of expanding higher education in the Delhi Administration colleges. What makes matters worse is the absolute inaction of the DUTA leadership on this serious matter.
The DTF warns the Congress led Delhi Government that any move to tamper with the status of the 100% funded Delhi Government colleges would invite the wrath of the teachers. It strongly demands that the government should seriously carry out its responsibility of providing funds for expansion to accommodate 54% reservation.