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Centre corresponds with DU: asks to sign MoU for continued access to funds

CAMPUS BULETIN

Delhi University was written to by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and was asked to sign a MoU which will be signed by three authorities in the end – University Grants Commission, the Ministry and DU. It will concern the funds released in favour of the university by the government in order to ensure continued acquirement of the funds.

It is presumed that the process of generation of internal resources by the varsity, a detailed plan of utilisation of government funds and the list of university’s internal governance practices will be described in the MoU.

Some calculations say that this might lead to an increase in fee structure; the HRD Ministry however refuted this.

R. Subrahmanyam, Higher Education Secretary, told in conversation withThe Hindu that any organisation receiving more than ₹5 crore from the government is required to sign an MoU that’ll include their principles of governance and the declaration as to how the funds so received will be channelled, as stated in the General Financial Rules. He also asserted on the fact that it’s important for the institution to generate internal resources by commercialising patents, cost reduction or any other method.

“Fee hikes are anyway decided by the government and not the university. That is a wrong interpretation,” he added while affirming that the MoU won’t affect the fee. Sources from HRD Ministry cleared that the letter is just about asking to sign the MoU and DU alone has not done it.

The draft will be presented to the members in a meeting of the Executive Council that has been summoned by the university on 27 September, as informed by a DU official. Press Trust of India quoted the office-bearer, “ The MoU states that varsities will spell out performance parameters, output targets in terms of details of the programme of work and an action plan for the implementation and monitoring of the agreement and others,”

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