DISCUSSING THE complaint made by a faculty member regarding misappropriation in the purchases made by the university, the Panjab University Syndicate on Sunday directed that an audit must be conducted again by the Standing Committee formed under varsity’s Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO). Several objections were raised in the audit report by the members of PU Syndicate on Sunday.
Pointing out that the existing audit did not give a purchase record of all the equipment bought for the university hostels, the Syndicate said that a proper audit must be conducted before any of the levelled allegations could be proven. The report has now been sent back to the CVO for a detailed audit.
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In a complaint submitted by Professor V K Chopra from PU’s Department of English, it was alleged that there was misappropriation in the purchases made in the items for PU hostels.
As the issue was discussed in the Syndicate on Sunday, it was pointed out that some of the items purchased for the university had been bought at high rates, which is why a re-audit of the accounts had now been recommended by the Syndicate. In the last meeting of the PU Syndicate, recommendations of PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover for not extending the re-employment of Dr V K Chopra had been approved, and the matter was then forwarded to the university Senate for a final nod.
Taking up the issue regarding reservation for candidates from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the university’s governing bodies, the Syndicate referred the recommendation to the Senate Reforms Committee. “It was accepted that there should be an inclusive representation from SC/ST candidates in the governing bodies, which is why the issue has now been forwarded to the Senate Reforms Committee, which will look into the relevant acts and regulations for framing a policy,” a member of the Syndicate stated.
PU’s student bodies, supported by Chandigarh Dalit Welfare Association and Ambedkar Prerna Dal, had raised the issue, and demanded reservation in the Senate and Syndicate in accordance with the guidelines of the University Grants Commission.
During the Syndicate meeting, the appointment of three new principals at PU’s constituent colleges in Nihal Singh Wala, Moga district; Sikhwala, Sri Muktsar Sahib District; and Guru Har Sahai, Ferozepur District; was also approved. The recommendation for increasing the assured representation of PU faculty members in the Senate was, however, deferred, and no decision was taken on the appointment of an Assistant Dean Students’ Welfare for the university.
The PU Syndicate also observed two minutes of silence over the demise of S D Sobti and Professor Jai Narain Sharma, retired professor from PU’s Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies. Sobti was the father of Professor R C Sobti, the vice-chancellor of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, and former vice-chancellor of PU.