BENGALURU: The University of Mysore (UOM) is alleged to have used the funds provided by state government specifically for the centenary year celebration, for other purposes too. The government has announced a Rs 100 crore grant for the university towards the celebrations.
Documents available with Express show that the university got approval from the syndicate to draw Rs 9.5 crore from the ‘59-UOM Centenary Celebration Fund 1916-2016’ for expenses towards the ‘post-event sanction’ of the Indian Science Congress it hosted in 2016.
According to sources in the Department of Higher Education, Rs 50 crore has been transferred to the university’s account. “Though we raised an objection in the syndicate when agenda was placed before the meeting, a majority of members did not raise their voice and the agenda was approved,” said a syndicate member.
The order issued following the syndicate meeting says, “As it is approved by the vice-chancellor as per the decision taken in the syndicate meeting, Rs 9,15,45,862 has been sanctioned as post-event release in the name of local secretary of 103rd Indian Science Congress towards excess amount for accommodation, transportation, catering, delegates’ kits and apparels, onsite registrations, printing, mementos, gold medals, badges, certificates and food coupons, etc for the Nobel laureates, scientists, research scholars and students who participated in the event.”
The order also says that the amount has to be withdrawn from the ‘59-UOM Centenary Celebrations Fund 1916-2016’.
An official in the Higher Education department said the university is not allowed to use the funds provided for centenary celebrations for any other purpose. A complaint regarding the alleged misuse of funds has reached the Raj Bhavan and the department. Sources in Raj Bhavan confirmed this and said, “This is one of the issues included in the recent inquiry order issued by the governor against the registrar of the university.”
Prof N B Ramachandra, the local secretary of the 103rd Indian Science Congress, said, “The Science Congress was also part of centenary celebrations. While submitting the proposal to the government seeking funds for the centenary celebrations, this was also included.”
He said over 19,000 delegates from across the globe participated and the total expenditure was Rs 18 crore. The university contributed Rs 14 crore while Rs 4 crore was generated from different agencies including the Union Science and Technology Department which pitched in with Rs 3 crore.