Funds for students’ welfare spent on organising concert at Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh

The concert by Wadali brothers at a city hotel was held Saturday night and was attended by several of the institute’s alumni and senior UT administration officials.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published:September 11, 2016 5:26 am

THE GOVERNMENT Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has allegedly spent funds meant for students welfare in organising a concert of (Sufi singers) Wadali brothers during its silver jubilee celebrations.

The concert by Wadali brothers at a city hotel was held Saturday night and was attended by several of the institute’s alumni and senior UT administration officials.

Sources in the GMCH told Chandigarh Newsline said the funds to the tune of Rs 6 lakh to pay for the concert were taken from personal ledger account (PLA) – which are meant for students’ welfare. The institute authorities deduct a certain amount from the fees of the students who peruse different courses at the institute.

Dr Atul Sachdev, director-principal, GMCH, confirmed that funds for the concert were taken from PLA funds. “It is an exceptional case and we have taken permission from the authorities to take funds from PLA for the concert,” he said.

For the concert, the alumni participating had to pay Rs 2,500 for watching the musical performance. “The event is free for students. But the alumni of the college paid for the event,” said Sachdev.

According to the officials, as per the rules, the funds under the PLA head can be utilised in sports, education, extracurricular activities, hostels, purchase of stocks and administration. “The PLA fund is meant for welfare of students.How can the Institute spend such a huge amount on a performance by singers,” questioned a faculty member.

GMCH sources said no objection was raised by the accounts department. “The approval was taken in the past week and the group which is performing was paid the money,” said the faculty member.