Agra University: Former registrar highlights malpractices in institution, says no action was taken

Published on: Sep 6, 2018 11:22 IST
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Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Agra appointed senior PCS officer Ravindra Pal Singh as the registrar after which he started pointing out the flaws in the system at the institute. He had highlighted several financial irregularities and had sent over two dozen letters regarding the same to the university Chancellor and UP Governor Ram Naik. Singh had pointed out the discrepancies in the procedure of hiring private security, purchase of vehicles and appointment of temporary staff. Be that as it may, after his half-year tenure, these cases were brushed away from the frame. As per authorities, the varsity spends over Rs 2 crore every year on private security. Amidst his residency, Singh had scrutinised the requirement of spending such a high sum on untrained security watchmen. Amid the check, he had discovered that while six gatekeepers should be conveyed at his office, just two were fulfilling their obligations.

In the attendance register, names of a few security guards were not specified, but they were marked on duty according to their serial numbers. Payments of a few watchmen were released without their signatures. Besides, guards were shown to be on duty even on holidays. Singh had blocked the payment to the firm supplying security guards and had brought the matter to the knowledge of the state government. In January 2018, the then registrar sent a letter to the government about the purchase of an SUV costing over Rs 17 lakh.

Singh had likewise red-flagged the recruitment of five contractual teachers in the pharmacy department and five contractual employees in the central library. According to him, the hiring was allegedly done in violation of rules and without the mandatory approval of the state government.

"During my tenure, I had found major irregularities in payments to private security agency, purchase of vehicles and appointments. I had brought these issues to the notice of the state government. I am not aware about any further development," Ravindra Pal Singh told to the Times of India. Meanwhile, the university's current registrar, KN Singh, said, "I am not aware about details of letters written by the former registrar."

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