New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a notice warning 21 Delhi University colleges that it would uphold their grants and benefits if they don’t appoint regular principals. The university includes Hindu Colleges, Kamala Nehru College and Gargi College.

UGC secretary, Rajnish Jain said, “We have issued a letter to all the colleges particularly to the governing body of the colleges for appointing principals on an urgent basis. We have asked them to give a date of interview by August 31 and if they don’t conduct an interview on the given date then action will be taken.”

CNN News 18 reported that these 21 colleges in question have already missed two deadlines to appoint regular principals.  The commission has given August 31 as the deadline to the colleges to file a reply.

As per a report, most of the colleges have had acting heads instead of principals for eight years or more. The last time The Hindu college had a regular principal was back in 2012.

A UGC official added that principals are supposed to run the college and not the acting heads.

Earlier, the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry had directed the commission to take action against the colleges who do not have principals, as they had ignored instructions from the President’s office to appoint the principals. Earlier this year, the President’s office had expressed their concern on the matter as the colleges are in the hands of acting heads.