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Minister to order probe into ‘missing funds’ of DAV College

dehradun Updated: Jun 28, 2017 19:45 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times
A view of DAV (PG) College in Dehradun.
A view of DAV (PG) College in Dehradun. (HT Photo)

A probe will be ordered in Doon’s DAV Post Graduate College to track ‘missing funds’ amounting to ₹22 crore, higher education minister Dhan Singh Rawat said on Wednesday.

Rawat took the decision after representatives of student outfits, including the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the National Students’ Union of India and the Students’ Federation of India, on Wednesday drew his attention to the ‘irregularities’.

Established in 1948, the DAV Post Graduate College is affiliated with the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna University. The college comes under the management of Dayanand Shiksha Sansthan, Uttar Pradesh that runs 12 post graduate colleges at Kanpur, Unnao, Raebareli (Uttar Pradesh) and Dehradun. Manvendra Swaroop is the secretary of Dayanand Shiksha Sansthan’s Kanpur chapter.

The corpus in question was created for maintenance of the college, its construction and other needs. No records or details of the funds purportedly exist with the college management even as it charged students for the same over the years, the student outfits alleged.

Interestingly, the Uttarakhand government was providing grants to the college for the same purposes including for construction of classrooms and washrooms, for equipping library and for establishing better environment for teachers, students and staff.

“We haven’t found details of funds worth nearly Rs 22 crore. I am sure the management is aware of this corpus. I will order a probe into this matter. If the management fails to provide details, then we will take over this college,” Rawat told Hindustan Times.

No papers regarding the money deducted from student fees under various subheads were found in the college.

“The head of the board tried to contact me through various ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, but I refused to entertain the request,” Rawat said, referring to the college management’s ‘eagerness’ to meet him on the matter.

When contacted, the college’s principal Devendra Bhasin expressed ignorance over the matter. “It’s a management issue and I am not aware of it,” he told. This reporter tried to contact Swaroop through mail, but there was no reply until filing of this report in the evening.

“The management should give details of money of students to the Uttarakhand government. We hope this probe will help in strengthening better facilities to students here,” Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) state president Ramakant Srivastava said.

First Published: Jun 28, 2017 19:45 IST