In what could prove detrimental for several hundred students, Delhi University’s Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences has run headlong into a bizarre administrative trouble.
In a notice served to the college principal, the Directorate of Higher Education has said it would stop the first installment of the grant-in-aid to the college. This move comes after the college principal, who had initially been allotted official accommodation on campus, decided to claim house rent allowance (HRA) instead and live in his private residence.
The letter — a copy of which is with the Hindustan Times — which was issued by the directorate, refers to “the stoppage of grant-in-aid to Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences” following the principal’s decision to draw HRA.
“The matter was the consequence of a high-level decision. After careful consideration, it had been decided to stop grants to the college,” said an official at the directorate.
While the move could seriously affect the quality of lab facilities and education in the college, the principal claimed that he was being victimised. He said he had been permitted by the college’s governing body to claim HRA.
“I am being made a scapegoat for no reason. It is not mentioned anywhere that it is mandatory for the principal to be residing in the official accommodation. There are other principals who do not make use of their official residences and instead claim HRA. It is part of my employment clause as specified by the governing body of the college that I am entitled to HRA. Stopping the college grant in lieu of this is an extremely unfair move,” said Jai Prakash, the principal of the college.
Prakash also claimed that the letter had been issued in his absence. While the residence had been converted into a microbiology lab, the principal claimed that the news regarding the stoppage of grant had come as complete surprise.
“I was in the US when I received an intimation that the first installment of the grant to the college was being stopped. I am shocked that I wasn’t informed about such a move and all the steps were taken in my absence. I have made several requests to reconsider the matter but am yet to receive a response,” he added.