Panjab University (PU) has plunged into a deep financial crisis and runs the risk of not being able to pay its staff from September. The university has been reeling under a shortage of funds as it is yet to receive grants from the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) and University Grants Commission (UGC) for the current financial year.
PU has not been able to pay Dearness Allowance (DA) installment which were due from January of this year. The university has also withheld retirement benefits of the employees. PU has told the ministry and UGC that it would find it difficult to pay salaries from September onwards.
The minutes of the Board of Finance (BoF) August 17 meeting state, “From September, 2015 onwards, it would be very difficult for the university to pay salaries to its employees. This fact has been informed to the MHRD and UGC. “
The members of the Board of Finance (BoF) had also been informed about the liability of Rs 90.62 crore on varsity due to expenditure towards teachers’ salaries of Rs 41 crore, PF/GPF account of Rs 20.89 crore, Rs 20 crore towards pension corpus, `6 crore towards constituent colleges and Rs 2.34 crore towards other bills.
Not enough grants from Punjab govt
For the current financial year, against a sanctioned provision of Rs 20 crore from the Punjab government, PU has only received `5 crore. The minutes say, “As per the principal approval given by the government of Punjab, an additional provision of `6 crore is to be provided on annual basis for constituent colleges in addition to the fixed amount of Rs 20 crore. The matter has already been taken up with the Punjab Government to revise the provision for release of grant to PU from Rs 20 crore to Rs 26 crore.”
Even in the last financial year of, the UGC had sanctioned a provision of `176 crore to PU after allowing uniform growth of 8 % on the grant released in the previous financial year which was Rs 163 crore.
But the deficit in 2014-15 came out to be Rs 193.81 crore. The minutes of meeting of BoF would be tabled before the syndicate on August 30 for approval.
Records submitted to fact- finding committee
The grants to PU were stopped after the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) filed a compl MHRD alleging irregularities in the hostel funds. The MHRD had formed a fact finding committee on it. “On this the vice chancellor stated that a Fact Finding Committee had already been constituted which had met thrice.
The university had already submitted all the relevant information, documents and records asked regarding the presentation and maintenance of accounts since the inception of the university,”the minutes state.
He added, “Now, the committee has asked the university to submit its accounts by merging the income for sports and hostel funds in the revised format and the university would submit the requisite documents in this week itself.”
It was informed to the members that PU gets grants under non-plan to meet salaries. Other central universities get development grants on annual basis but PU receives it on a five-year basis like other state universities.