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HC stays Delhi Govt decision to pay staff salaries from students’ fund

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The Delhi High Court stayed the decision of the AAP government asking 12 Delhi University colleges, fully funded by it, to pay outstanding salaries to staffers from the Students Society Fund.

Justice Navin Chawla passed the order on a plea by Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) which said the students’ fund cannot be used for any other activity other than for students’ welfare.

DUSU’s counsel said the fund cannot be used for paying teachers’ salaries.

The students’ petition was also supported by the advocate Aakanksha Kaul, representing the Delhi University.

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DUSU has challenged the October 16 order of Delhi government asking the 12 colleges to pay the salaries of over 1500 staff– both teaching and non-teaching– from the students fund and the amount should be released within two weeks.

The college staff are not paid for the last three months.

The 12 colleges which are affiliated with the Delhi University and are fully funded by the Delhi government are Acharya Narendra Dev College, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, Bhagini Nivedita College, DeenDayal 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 high court issued notice to the Directorate of Higher Education, Delhi University and Delhi government and sought their replies on the petition by DUSU.

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