In a hearing, today, regarding the payment of salary to the teachers of the twelve affiliated colleges of Delhi University from the Student’s Society Fund (SSF), the Delhi High Court refused to vacate an interim order of stay on the same. The Delhi High Court outlined that it refuses to vacate the state government notification to direct DU-affiliated colleges to pay salaries to the teaching and non-teaching staff from Student’s Society Fund.
The decision was welcomed by the Delhi University Student’s Union or DUSU. A petition was filed by DUSU when the Delhi Government advised that the salary can be paid to the teachers through the SSF. The petition read that such a decision was entirely “illegal” and “arbitrary” as the fund is meant to be utilised for the welfare of the students.
DUTA Praised the Decision
The Delhi University Teacher’s Association or DUTA also praised the High Court’s decision. The DUTA President Mr Rajib Ray argued that the twelve affiliated colleges’ funding is under the Delhi Government, which means that the state is responsible for the payment of fees and other financial endeavours. In addition to it, the audit for the entire academic year is planned well in advance, which eradicates the scope of such delay in salary.
The bench headed by Justice Jyoti Singh ordered the petitioners counsel Jivesh Tiwari to move an application by the next date of hearing to make the colleges a part of the said petition, which must be done before the next hearing, i.e., 5 November 2020.
DU Teachers’ Salary Witheld Since May
The withholding of the salary for the teachers of the twelve affiliated colleges surfaced when one of the teachers had to cease his ward’s online classes due to non-payment of school fees. The teacher said that his ward would not be able to continue to take classes as he has no money to pay the school fees.
The case is even worst for the visiting faculty or ad-hoc teachers who are paid minimal fees. In such a scenario, no savings could be generated, which could have assisted them in the times of such crisis. Many teachers are running in debt as they are unable to pay the house rent, school fees etc. “A salary of as low as twelve thousand doesn’t suffice even the basic needs”, a visiting faculty of DU was quoted as saying. Although the hearing has been postponed, there seems to be no ray of hope that the salary of the teachers will be paid any sooner.