Expenditure against programs that it no longer offers continues to be shown by Delhi University. DU has spent Rs 29 lakh between 2017-18 and 2019-20 for MTech programs in nanotechnology and nanoscience, according to the expenditure details of the finance branch.
These two courses were discontinued in 2014. The last batch of these courses graduated in 2017. The three-year MTech programs were started by Delhi University in 2014. The discontinuation of the programs coincided with the four-year undergraduate programs (FYUP) also being scrapped by the MHRD. The MTech courses were completed by the final batch in 2017.
Rs 29,56,186 was spent on these courses in the three previous financial years, according to the finance branch record of Delhi University.
The HOD of Chemistry, Ramesh Chandra, said that the expenditure was accounted for the maintenance of equipment and laboratories. He also said that the payment of staff salaries was also done through it. The finance committee of the college has approved all the finances. The laboratories are being used by students from other courses.
The expenditure detail shows that only 6.2 lakh has been spent on the maintenance of laboratories. Expenditures on machinery, chemicals, and equipment were shown to be Rs 18 lakh in 2017-18 and 2018-19 by the chemistry department. But none of this was shown for salaries.
Rs 43,1600 was spent on these two courses in 2019-20 too. While the remaining two non-teaching staff which were associated with these two courses were also relieved of their posts in March 2019.
The matter is under investigation for eight months now, according to a senior university official. A letter which was addressed to Tyagi and received by the HRD ministry on July 15, 2020, said that four complaints were launched by the CVC (Central Vigilance Commission). The same was forwarded to the chief vigilance officer of the Delhi University for further inquiry.
On November 5, 2019, a complaint was filed by the CVO, DU, in this matter.