The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) audit into the functioning of all 16 private universities running in the state.
State secretariat member Tikender Singh Panwar said the CAG audit was must in view of findings of the university grant commission (UGC) in respect of two educational trusts, which have set up universities in the state.
He said the state government had failed to regulate the functioning of the private universities that are amassing wealth at the cost of poor students.
He said the private universities were set up through non-profit trusts but in reality they were functioning like commercial companies and were making huge money. He also alleged that the government was conniving in the loot by approving exorbitantly high fee structure.
He added a fact-finding committee of the UGC that inspected some private universities has revealed two private universities had generated annual surplus of Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 10 crore from 2008 to 2012.
“These private universities have still not deposited the money that is required for functioning of the regulatory body and still owes more than Rs 1.5 crores,” he noted. The report is self-explanatory and expresses shock and surprise at the outcome, added he.
The CPM said while in opposition the Congress had made charges on the then incumbent BJP government by setting up private universities in the state and alleged corruption but after coming to power it was only promoting them for extraneous considerations.