The higher education department has initiated a probe into alleged irregularities in two premier universities of the Odisha - Ravenshaw University and Berhampur University. The move comes after Chancellor ordered to conduct a probe and asked authorities to submit their report within 60 days. According to PK Das, additional secretary of the education department, there are 50 to 60 allegations of different nature and the inquiry has been ordered after receiving a large number of complaints against both the universities.
The department has also written letters to both the varsity seeking documents related to various issues like mode of promotions, the process of recruitments and audit reports. The additional secretary of the department is expected to visit Ravenshaw on August 17 to conduct a probe.
Similarly, in Berhampur University, students' union president V Srinivas Rao had alleged massive bungling of funds in the varsity and student unrest was witnessed there when over 320 students failed in pre-degree exams. A team headed by Das later inquired into the matter and found that internal mark of the students was not included in the final marks. The team is likely to visit the university any time to inquire about irregularities in the audit report and other matters.
According to reports, the registrar of the Berhampur University reported a mismatch between bank deposit and expenditure of University to the tune of Rs 19.64 crores. Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal had in the month of July sought a probe into the alleged irregularities and asked the higher education department for immediate action.