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.
‚ÄúTainted 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,‚ÄĚ 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.