Allahabad University VC reports financial bungling worth crores to PM, President
The AU vice-chancellor also wrote to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) seeking a special transit audit since 2005, when AU became a central university, to identify the people behind the bungling.Updated: Aug 03, 2017, 14:20 IST
Vice-chancellor of Allahabad University Prof Rattan Lal Hangloo has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the office of the President to draw their attention to financial irregularities worth crores of rupees at the university before he took over as VC in December 2015.
- Outstanding amount of over Rs 35 crore pending against some of the teaching and non-teaching staff and others as loans and advances, which they have to repay to the university.
- Deficit of over Rs 912 crore on account of salaries and other items. This deficit has been incurred due to transfer of AU’s fund to the Institute of Correspondence Courses and Continuing Education, which used to be a sell-financing institute, as loan for payment of salaries to their staff. This was done in violation of financial rules as such institutes and its employees were not a part of the university.
- Few professors who were selected for UGC projects and grant but never bothered to keep accounts in place and submit closure reports and fund utilisation certificates.
- Wrong pay fixation of teachers not eligible for exorbitant salaries has been done in violation of rules and regulations. An estimated amount of over Rs 200 crore has been siphoned off from the university funds to these ineligible teachers. Many teachers have intentionally got their pay fixation in violation of rules.
- There are several cases of over-expenditure. For instance, Rs 20 lakh were allocated for advanced research lab on the MCC campus under XI Plan General Development Grant but over Rs 2.19 crore was actually spent under this head in 2014-15.
- There was no allocation for girls hostel and SSL Hostel with annexe but in 2014-15, an amount of over Rs 2.12 crore and Rs 48 lakh were spent under these heads.
- There were cases of irregular reimbursement of air fares on LTC account of Rs 78.28 lakh from 2012-13 to 2015-16.
In his letters (dated July 31) to the PM and joint secretary to the office of the President, the VC has pointed out how some of the teachers got their salaries fixed in violation of rules and how loans and advances taken from the university were not returned by some teaching and non-teaching staff.
On July 17, he also wrote to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) seeking a special transit audit since 2005, when AU became a central university, to identify the people behind the bungling.
The VC has alleged that people with vested interests were responsible for disturbances on the university campus. Prof Hangloo said these people had been lodging complaints against him with the union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to block his efforts to ensure financial discipline and accountability at the university.
The VC said the university had prepared a three-volume evidence-based report to establish that the allegations and complaints were baseless and fabricated.
“This (evidence) can be provided to you whenever needed,” he said in the three-page letter having nearly 150 pages of annexure.
Prof Hangloo had left his term as VC of Kalyani University in West Bengal midway to take charge of AU on December 30, 2015.
This is perhaps the first time when a VC of a central university has formally reported financial bungling because of a “systemic failure and policy paralysis due to various corrupt practices”.
The VC said when he took charge at AU, the university was directionless and there was no system of financial accounting and accountability.
Seeking the attention, support and guidance of the PM and the President, Prof Hangloo said he was making sure that all works (academic, financial and administrative) were carried out in accordance with rules and regulations.
Talking to HT, Prof Hangloo said, “Huge financial irregularities have been committed over the years at the university. Within a few weeks of taking over as the VC, I ascertained the situation and initiated reform measures to take the institution forward in a positive direction.”
“People with vested interests tried to put obstacles in the maintenance of discipline at the university. They manufactured student’s protests and planted baseless, fabricated and unfounded complaints against me,” he said.
In October 2016, the MHRD had asked for a few clarifications from Prof Hangloo regarding allegations of financial, administrative and academic irregularities against him. The VC has replied to the queries.