RU marred with irregularities, says Higher Education dept under secy


Cuttack: Massive irregularities have been noticed in the management of Ravenshaw University (RU) here in the past couple of years, informed Prasant Kumar Das, under secretary, Odisha Higher Education Department on Thursday.

Das, who conducted a probe on August 21, on the direction of Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, will submit his report to the department’s Principal Secretary within a week.

According to Das, vast irregularities have been detected in the audit report of the varsity along with the appointment of faculties and in the procurement of electronic equipment to the tune of Rs 95 lakh.

It is learned that in 2014-15 the authorities of RU had bought computers without floating any tenders. Besides, irregularities in the appointment of lecturers in 2015-16 also came to Das’s notice during the probe.

“Lecturers appointed on contractual basis have been directly promoted to Readers in the varsity, while guest faculties were appointed without any prior advertisement,” Das said, adding that the RU vice-Chancellor (VC) has sanctioned Rs 40,000 every month as transportation expenses.

Das, however, did not disclose much about the probe as he will submit the confidential details of his report to the department’s Principal Secretary soon.

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