JNU’s administration might be in a problematic position over violation of University Grants Commission’s financial matters. According to UGC’s order of October 2017, a recovery of Rs.20.88 lakh from a teacher of the university wasn’t recovered until the matter became ‘time-barred’, even after the objections of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) were accepted.
According to sources, there are about 100 cases where past service has been counted for payments in violation of UGC regulations and the total overpayment could be worth several crores, including that of a top JNU official.
According to CAG’s inspection report of 2014-15, an overpayment of Rs.16.51 lakh was made and a promotion was given to her in violation of UGC rules. The CAG report sttes- “The university accepted the audit observation and stated that the promotion to the grade of assistant professor (senior scale) and associate professor granted to the faculty member were not in accordance with the UGC rules,”.
It further states- “Since the matter relates to undue financial benefit and overpayment to an employee from government funds, the matter is serious. The university should take immediate actions to (a) recover the excess payment of Rs 16.51 lakh… (b) the dates of promotion of these two scales may also be changed to the date of which the teacherbecame eligible as per UGC rules.”
As per to the revelation of the CAG audit, the overpayment of Rs.20.88 lakh was not recovered and the faculty member continued to be overpaid. The matter remained “unattended” for five years till it became ‘time barred’ according to the Supreme Court’s ruling.
UGC’s reply (17 October ’17) stated – “the matter was re-examined and found that the university has given promotion under CAS… by violating UGC regulations. UGC regulations on promotions are mandatory in nature. Any promotion in violation of these orders is irregular. You are, therefore, requested to immediately recover excess amount without any further delay and compliance report may be sent to UGC immediately.
A recovery order was issued by the Vice Chancellor of JNU on 7 November’17. However the executive council in its meeting resolved “to authorise the VC to setup a committee to look into this case…” and “further resolved that the issue of recovery of arrears from… would be kept on hold till the receipt of response from CAG.”
No response was received on this matter, inspite of several calls, texts and detailed queries to top officials, including the registrar, until the filling of this report.
An important source of the university said that “while the university left no stone unturned to rectify the UGC regulation’s violation in PhD and MPhil admissions leading to reduction in admission for the current year, the same administration didn’t act despite reminders received from CAG, UGC and MHRD asking for recovery.”