The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Vice President’s Office have asked the University of Delhi to take appropriate steps in relation to testimonies of misappropriation of funds of Rs. 29 lakh on two DU courses that have been wrapped up since 2017.
The Delhi University (DU) expended Rs. 29 lakh for the MTech programme in Nanotechnology and Nanoscience between the academic year 2017-18 and 2019-20, as per the expenditure statement issued by the finance branch of Delhi University. Both the courses were closed in the year 2014 while the last batch was released in the year 2017.
The Central Vigilance Commission had registered four complaints in this regard and forwarded it to Delhi University’s Chief Vigilance Officer for action. After a new complaint was lodged by Anil Kumar, the RTI Activist, the Vice President’s Secretariat has written a letter in the name of Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi to take appropriate measures in the matter at the earliest.
As per the information obtained from the RTI, Rs. 17.05 lakh was expended on the course in the academic year 2017-18 and Rs. 12.07 lakh was spent in 2018-19.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Education issued a notification claiming Professor Yogesh Tyagi as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi failed to discharge the duties and responsibilities entrusted to him under the DU statues made thereunder. The order further placed Prof. Yogesh Tyagi, Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University under suspension with immediate effect until further orders as he may influence/coerce the witnesses and tamper with the material records so as to ensure fair inquiry.