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PU financial crisis came under spotlight after ABVP’s plaint to Centre: Registrar

Talking about the financial crisis and the pending grant with the centre, PU registrar Col GS Chadha (retd) on Friday said it had all started with a complaint sent to Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 2015.

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“In the past five-six years, it has been the same as the grants come in portions. It is not happening for the first time. In between, some complaint was sent to MHRD”.
“In the past five-six years, it has been the same as the grants come in portions. It is not happening for the first time. In between, some complaint was sent to MHRD”.(HT File )

Talking about the financial crisis and the pending grant with the centre, PU registrar Col GS Chadha (retd) on Friday said it had all started with a complaint sent to Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 2015.

“It all started when the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) submitted a complaint alleging misappropriation of funds and mismanagement in PU to MHRD. However, there is no feedback or report on that and we did not suffer any adverse effect due to that. This year also, we got the grants in portions but Rs 100 crore is pending with the centre”, said Chadha.

“In the past five-six years, it has been the same as the grants come in portions. It is not happening for the first time. In between, some complaint was sent to MHRD”.

‘PU status unique, it’s an inter-state body cooperation’

Col Chadha also said, “UGC is giving grants to only central status universities. They used to give our deficit on an ad-hoc manner. They used to collect it and give it to us but there was no certainty. The problem with our University is that we neither have a central status nor we have the status of state university. We have a unique status of inter-state body cooperation”.

When asked that who is responsible for the varsity’s financial crisis, the registrar said that it is a collective responsibility. “I do not think that we have made an error anywhere because we have been complying to all the deadlines set by the Centre. We have been giving our utilisation certificates in time. Everything has been done in time”.

‘Anomalies were there because of old policies’

He added, “However, there were certain anomalies, After ABVP’s complaint, the committee, which was constituted by the Centre had found certain anomalies and that were because of the old policies followed by the varsity, including the double entry system and we did not have that”.

He said, “The amount of Rs 50 crore that we have received has enabled us to be comfortable till December. Although the V-C said, the varsity will not be closing in real terms.”

Chadha also mentioned about the grants by the Punjab government, which are meager and stagnant.