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Delhi govt directs 12 DU colleges to pay pending salaries to staffers from Students Society Fund



NEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Friday directed 12 Delhi University colleges fully funded by it to pay outstanding salaries to staffers from the Students Society Fund, a move criticised by DU’s teachers’ body and officials of the university.

The government has ordered a special audit of six colleges — Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Maharishi Valmiki BEd College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Bhagini Nivedita College and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies.

The AAP government and 12 colleges fully funded by it have been locked in a tussle over the release of grants, with the latter saying that they have been unable to pay salaries to staffers for nearly three months owing to the non-release of funds.

“Having taken notice that salaries of Teaching & Non-Teaching staff of colleges, affiliated to Delhi University and fully funded by the GNCT of Delhi, are outstanding/not being paid due to ongoing Special Audit/non-release of Grant-in-Aid, the Hon”ble Dy CM has ordered/permitted : Outstanding salaries to the Teaching & Non-Teaching staff be released immediately from the Students Society Fund(SSF) as has been done in the past, till the process of Special Audit is completed/further installments of GIA (under the Salary Head) are released,” the order said.

For the purpose, requisite permission for utilising the Students Society Fund(SSF) for payment of salaries to the teaching and non-teaching staff is hereby accorded, the order said.

“If any salaries remain unpaid after the Student Society Fund has been exhausted, the remaining amount will be paid by the Directorate of Higher Education after receipt of formal request from the concerned college(s),” it added.

It also said that strict compliance of the orders must be ensured within two weeks, so that salaries to teaching and non-teaching staff are disbursed even while the process of special audit is going on.

Professor Balaram Pani, Dean of Colleges, DU said the Students Society Fund is reserved for student activities and under no circumstances, they can be diverted to pay salaries to staffers.

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) said using the Students Society Fund (SSF) for paying outstanding salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff is “unacceptable”.

“This fund is collected from students for organising extra curricular activities and is, thus, plugged back into the system by colleges for students. By ordering usage of SSF for paying salaries, Delhi Government is pushing the burden of salaries on parents and students. This is unacceptable, even as an interim measure. Even in the past, if colleges were forced to use SSF for such purpose, the money was borrowed from this account and has always been returned to the head as soon as grants-in-aid were released,” it said.

The SSF cannot be siphoned for salary purposes on permanent basis, it said. “This is neither justifiable nor sustainable. Audits are routine matter for any institution and salaries have never been stopped on this pretext earlier. Why it should be any different this time?” DUTA asked.

“It angers us to say that employees of six DU colleges maintained by the Delhi government are without salaries for the past six months,” it said.

The Delhi government, in a statement, said the lawyer representing DDU College himself stated in court that it has paid salaries from the Student Society Fund in the past.

“When the judge asked him whether they are allowed to pay from the Student Society Fund, he said yes they are. All they need is an official permission from the Directorate of Higher Education for the same. They should also be asked to present any documents that state that this is illegal. Because they have presented no such documents to the auditors or the court,” the statement said.

“The reason they claim this illegality is because this fund is discretionary with the principals and there is corruption done in how this money is spent,” it added.

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Andhra schools to reopen on Monday, only 16 students per classroom




AMARAVATI: With schools in Andhra Pradesh set to reopen from Monday for students of Classes 9 and 10, the Andhra Pradesh government has once again emphasised that all health precautions and protocols will be followed, including seating of only 16 students per classroom.

Allowing limited number of students in each classroom is aimed at maintaining all social distancing norms, it said. The 2020-21 academic year has since been extended to April 30 to ensure 180 working days.

School Education Commissioner V Chinna Veerabhadrudu said that state schools will reopen in phases for different classes.

Class IX and X students will be physically present in classrooms from Monday onwards in afternoon hours on alternate days of the week.

For students of Classes VI to VIII, schools will reopen from November 23. For Classes I to V, physical presence in classrooms will resume from December 14.

“Wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining physical distance are mandatory for every student and teacher. Everyday, students will undergo orientation on Covid precautions. Classes will be held from 9.15 am to 1.45 pm, followed by midday meals,” said Veerabhadrudu.

After physical classes in the morning session, online classes will be held for those who could not attend earlier ones.

“Alternate arrangements will be made for students who opt to stay home and pursue online education, by deploying dedicated mobile apps like Abyasa and Diksa, along with Doordarshan classes and YouTube channels, based on students’ access to technology,” said the Commissioner.

In case of residential schools, the state government has decided to make hostel facilities available anytime between November 2 and 23, prioritising the needs of students who do not have alternate accommodation.

As part of preparations for reopening of schools, the Andhra Pradesh government has provided grants to acquire equipment like thermal scanners, hand sanitisers etc.

“Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) from Health and Transport Departments were also sought and school SOPs will be decided on November 1 after holding discussions with parents’ committees,” he added.

There are around 60,000 schools, including aided, unaided and private ones, in the southern state.

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Respect for women to be inculcated in UP school boys




LUCKNOW: With the aim to teach boys in Uttar Pradesh that they should respect a woman, the Yogi Adityanath government has gone in for a paradigm shift in the syllabus for basic and secondary education.

The plan is being implemented under ‘Mission Shakti’ which is aimed to give more importance and empower the ‘half-population’. The state government is moving towards making women self-reliant, confident, and ensuring their safety and respect.

In the first phase of the campaign till October 25, the higher education department has created awareness among 5,57,883 students in 6,349 colleges through webinar, awareness programmes and competitions.

A micro plan is being prepared for the second phase of the campaign under which a dedicated portal will be launched and information about the programmes being run by all the departments will be uploaded on it. The portal will provide all the necessary information and schemes being run for women and girls.

Moreover, the maximum participation of women in public welfare schemes will be ensured. Imparting skill development training for increasing employment opportunities will also be emphasised.

The decision to include women empowerment in the curriculum of Basic Education and Secondary Education has been hailed by parents.

Social worker Varsha Verma said that this is an important decision of the Yogi government which will change the thinking of boys. In the culture of India where Goddess ‘Shakti’ is worshipped, there will be real respect for girls. With this decision, the seeds of moral values will be sown in the students. The syllabus will inform about the life of great women personalities of India, success stories, gender equality and security-related issues.

Under Mission Shakti, awareness programmes were organised in various colleges of Uttar Pradesh for nine days. The programmes were organised in 6,349 colleges in which 5,57,383 girls and boys, and 1,46,177 teachers took an oath to ensure women’s safety and respect.

Meanwhile, 4,46,355 female students from 3,007 colleges were given training in martial arts through both online and offline workshops.

Apart from this, 2,57,407 girls participated in Essay, Poster, Slogan and Quiz competitions. 2,42,036 girl students and 14,364 teachers from 2,731 colleges participated in physical health enhancement and nutrition awareness programmes. In a webinar related to gender equality, domestic violence protection, POCSO Act, women’s helpline, 1,783 experts in 2,986 colleges informed 3,13,996 students about these issues.

Anshumali Sharma, Special Officer and State Liaison Officer, NSS, Department of Higher Education, said that under Mission Shakti, programmes were organized by the Higher Education Department on issues related to gender equality, protection from domestic violence, POCSO and women helpline in various colleges.

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Will catching them young for CA Foundation make students career-driven




The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) may allow class X students to register for the chartered accountancy (CA) Foundation course, but are they ready to take on the challenge? ICAI claims to have received approval from the government for amending the entry requirement for the CA courses. Earlier, only class XII students were eligible to apply for the course. The recent move will enable class X students to apply for the Foundation Courses of ICAI but under the provisional registration category.

“After the amendments, a student need not wait for completion of class XII exams to get provisional registration for the Foundation course. Since the registration is provisional, a student who fails to clear class XII exams but clears Foundation Exam, would still need to clear class XII exams to be eligible to go to the next stage,” says Atul Kumar Gupta, president, ICAI.

The early entry of class X students, he says, will ensure students remain committed to the CA profession. “We are looking for students who have a passion for the profession.”

“The Institute from time-to-time reviews its system of education and training to make it more contemporary and relevant to the global market. With the prime objective to develop the requisite skillsets for budding chartered accountants and enrichment of their professional skills, ICAI is undertaking various initiatives from time to time. Since Foundation exam is nothing but to assess the application of concepts students are studying in class XI-XII, it will be in their interest to start their efforts of a professional career early,” he adds.

Dismissing the possibility that the recent development will give rise to a coaching culture where students begin to prepare for the CA Foundation Course right from class XI, more like engineering, Gupta explains that the Foundation study material along with the free virtual coaching classes organised by the Institute has made learning simpler as students can study from their place without any hindrance. “They are not required to go for any external coaching. Moreover, e-books are also made available for the students,” he tells Education Times.

The students, who are interested in joining the CA Course, can plan like in any other profession, Gupta explains. “They can start their preparation along with their regular school as the subjects studied by the students during XI and XII are covered in the Foundation Course.”

His thoughts are echoed by Krishan Lal Khatri, accountancy teacher in Delhi-NCR. “Commerce students preparing for the boards cover 80%-85% of the CA Foundation syllabus, in subjects that include Mathematics, Statistics and Accountancy. The section on Law, which is theoretical, can be covered without help from teachers. Students need to have strong conceptual knowledge for the Foundation Exam and the plus two curriculum can equip them with the requisite knowledge.”

He adds further that students in class X who are mostly 15-year-olds are unsure of their aspirations and aptitudes. It is their parents’ decisions and aspirations that matter, and the students gets busy in fulfilling them. Those passing class X may not have the maturity unlike class XII pass students to think of long-term career paths,” Khatri adds.

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