Bihar government will continue to give grants to universities
in which the Governor has reappointed tainted persons facing criminal charges as
VCs said, Education Minister, P K Shahi. The state gives grants of Rs 3,000
crores annually to the universities in Bihar.
The minister detailed the confrontation between the Raj
Bhavan and the state government on the issue of VCs appointment during question
hour and said though the rules were not followed; the state government would
continue to give grants to the universities in larger public interest.
“Tainted persons have been appointed VCs in state
universities. Some of them are facing cases registered with the vigilance and
local police stations while some have been censured by the principal chief
accountant general. Some of them face criminal charges, too,” Shahi said.
He said that the state would have an effective monitoring
and control over the grants to the universities. The minister informed that the
government is creating a special audit cell in the state education department
headquarters to control and monitor the financial management of the
universities. The cell would start functioning from April this year.
The minister termed all the appointees were tainted, he said
that the VC of JP University, Chhapra, was facing vigilance probe, the VC of
BRABU, Muzaffarpur, is charged in cases registered for irregularities in
examinations, and the Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University (KSDS) VC
is also facing police probe in two cases.
Shahi claimed that the Patna University VC is
facing a vigilance probe into financial irregularities. The principal AG of
Bihar, in a detailed report, has pointed out that the VC enjoyed the
hospitality of a leading contractor at Trichy and travelled by air on the
expense of the company which was given a contract of Rs8 crores by the
university in a single tender, reported Times of India.