Mumbai college administrators have claimed that Mumbai University (MU) haven’t reimbursed them for the convocation ceremony, they were asked to hold for their graduating students in January.
The varsity had also asked students to pay Rs 50 to cover the expenses.
The university had promised colleges that the amount they spent will be refunded on the ceremony within three months. Some colleges said that they ended up spending up to Rs 25,000 to hire auditoriums, graduation robes, sound system and other expenses.
“We made sure that we followed the rules set by the university and organised a nice convocation for our students. We paid from our own pockets expecting the university to pay up soon. However, this expense has put a dent in our college funds now,” said the principal of a college in Goregaon.
The university had asked colleges to conduct the convocation ceremonies in their respective colleges, which would be held simultaneously with the university’s own ceremony so that all graduating students got a chance to participate in it.
Another principal who requested anonymity said that despite submitting the bills for the expenses incurred with the proof of number of students, who attended the convocation, the varsity has ignored them.
“We have approached the accounts department at least thrice but each time we are told that it is being processed. A few colleges have received only half the amount they were promised,” said the principal.
The registrar of the university, MA Khan, however, said several colleges that submitted bills were full of discrepancies, which have delayed their reimbursements.
“While payments have been made to many colleges, the account department saw discrepancies in some. We have informed those colleges about the issues and once they are sorted, payments will be made,” he said.