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DU college principals deny allegations of misappropriation of funds – education

The directors of the universities of the University of Delhi fully funded by the city government on Saturday denied allegations of embezzlement and violation of UGC rules.

A special audit of seven Delhi University faculties funded by the Delhi government has revealed serious financial irregularities and violations of UGC regulations, showing that despite having surplus funds, staff salaries have not been published, said the Friday Senior Deputy Minister Manish Sisodia.

Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s education minister, had said that the government was exploring legal proceedings on the basis of the audit, which was carried out following repeated accusations by universities that the city government was withholding funds. .

“Universities are following all the rules and regulations set by the university and revised from time to time. All purchases are made through electronic contracting portals. All expenses are made with the approval of the Governing Bodies. The corruption allegations are baseless and unfounded and are denied, ”said the Prinicpals Association of the University of Delhi in a statement.

“At the university the professors are marking the attendance of the students. Every time a teacher meets with their classes, their attendance is automatically marked. Many universities have adopted virtual platforms to take attendance of students. On the basis of this attendance, internal evaluation scores are awarded. The signed copy of these attendance sheets is sent to the college and university, ”he said. The statement further said that due to the pandemic, teachers are taking classes online using their own ICT resources, adding that the allegation that there is no attendance system and the existence of a ghost employee is “unfounded” and ” it reflects a misunderstanding of university affairs on the part of the Delhi government minister of education ”.

The universities that were audited following the order of the high court are Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Shaheed Sukhdev College, Bhagini Nivedita College, and Maharishi Valmiki College. Sisodia had claimed that Aditi Mahavidyalaya and Lakshmibai College refused to allow the audit to take place despite the order. According to the audit, the total unauthorized payments made by these universities from 2017 to 2020 are: Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (49.88 million rupees), Keshav Mahavidyalaya (29.84 million rupees), Shaheed Sukhdev College (16, 52 million rupees), Bhagini Nivedita College (17.23 million rupees)) and Maharishi Valmiki University (10.64 million rupees).

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