The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a warning to 21 colleges under Delhi University saying their financial grants will be withheld unless they appoint full-time principals. Many reputed DU colleges such as Hindu, Kamla Nehru and Gargi have got the UGC warning.
These colleges have time till 31 August to appoint principals.
While the Hindu College has been without a regular principal since 2012, the other colleges have been functioning with acting heads for eight years or more.
“We have issued a letter to all the colleges, particularly to the governing bodies of the colleges, for appointing principals on an urgent basis…It’s a very serious issue. We may withhold certain benefits if they do not do so (appoint a regular principal),” UGC Secretary Rajnish told ANI.
It should be noted that the commission had written to the colleges and the DU registrar, asking them to expedite the appointment process. In the letter, UGC had underlined the fact that the appointment of principals was to be completed by July 15, 2018.
“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 as an apex body is regularly focusing on the quality of higher education,” Rajnish Jain further told ANI.