Jammu, Oct 10:
Making startling revelations regarding the large scale embezzlement of institutional funds to the tune of crores of rupees in Central University of Jammu (CUJ) by incumbent Vice Chancellor, the National Secular Forum (NSF) today demanded his immediate removal from the post and investigation through Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to unearth the scandals.
Addressing a press conference here, NSF state chief Dr. Vikas Sharma exposed another financial scandal in CUJ regarding construction of Sewerage Treatment Plants (STP). Dr Sharma revealed that CUJ VC Prof Ashok Aima released the full payment of STP 120 KLD which was still not made fully operational and also released the 60 percent payment for another STP of 300 KLD which is not even required.
He said, “The VC committed corruption by releasing the entire payment (over one crore) of STP 120 KLD whereas, the same is not made fully functional. The payment released by the Vice Chancellor is against the norms and comes under the category of corruption. Not only this, he further made a payment of around Rs 2 crore for another STP (300 KLD) which is not even required and was deferred by the University in 2016-17.”
Questioning the rationale behind the sanctioning of another STP of 300 KLD capacity and fast track clearing of 60 percent payment, Dr Sharma said that CUJ administration has failed to take up the construction of Academic Block which was most necessary and not the STP but, the Vice Chancellor gave green signal to this STP as he got a hefty amount for sanctioning the same and releasing the payment in fast track manner.
“The classes are being held in the residential quarters of faculty. No proper class rooms and laboratories for the students of Science streams. Hi-fi courses are being announced and MoU are claimed but in reality the condition of campus is pathetic with no facilities for students,” he claimed.
We urge the HRD minister, CUJ Chancellor to take cognizance of this organized loot in the institution and immediately remove the VC from the post so as to save the institution, he said. He also demanded that CBI probe shall be ordered to expose the scams worth crores of rupee in the varsity. Among those who were present in the Press conference included, Papinder Singh, Manmohan Singh and Rishikesh Rana.