Report;Manoj Kant Dash,Odishabarta
Berhampur,09/08/18:Odisha Government established for a transparent inquiry headed by a senior IAS,Prashant Kumar Das,additional secretary ,Higher education, to inquire the various allegation and issues against the Vice Chancellor of Berhampur University and to submit a report to government and Chancellor office at an early date.
Sources ,earlier the students union alleged financial irregularities in utilisation of funds of Berhampur University and demanded a CBI and Vigilance probe into various ‘discrepancies’ and demanded strict action against all those involved. The student leaders have also threatened to go on an indefinite strike if an inquiry is not initiated at an early date.
They submitted memorandum to the Chief Minister office, Chancellor Office as well to the Secretary of Higher Education many times.
In their memorandum the Students Union pointed out serious irregularities in funds released under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (Rusa) and UGC. “These funds are being mismanaged and spent lavishly by the present Vice Chancellor ”,Vice-Chancellor adopted to renovate the faculty club into his quarters, the students alleged that no tender was floated for work(?). It is important to note that the VC has a staff quarter allotted to him on the campus. The union leaders also blamed the Vice Chancellor is the main mastermind for shutdown of Distance Education course in the varsity arbitrarily, which has affected thousands.
They denounce the VC for reportedly using derogatory language as and when they have wished to meet him. “We don’t want to hear statements like ‘Let the University go to hell. Let Odisha go to hell.’ from a Vice-Chancellor,” The leaders said.
In reaction the Vice Chancellor said, “I have invited to the leaders of Students Union to discuss but they did not” (!), I believe, these are just to satisfy their personal interest. I have not allowed any kind of approval to illegal works within the varsity”.
People of entire southern Odisha now eagerly waiting for the outcome of the inquiry report of Prashant Das.