An audit report was done by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), University of Delhi reveal irregularities regarding appointments, land acquisition, income tax etc. They assessed several financial and administrative irregularities in its audit report of DU. These irregularities were assessed earlier this year. A lot of questions were raised on the university’s alleged “adventurous expenditure”. The document was titled “Inspection report on the accounts of University of Delhi for the year 2014-16”. It was compiled by the Director General of Audit, Central Expenditure and highlighted various irregularities in appointments, land acquisitions, income tax etc.
For 2014-16 audit, CAG gave 11 inspection reports and 60 outstanding paragraphs which were struck down to eight inspection reports and 34 outstanding paragraphs after due process of explanation. Sources say, when the audit was closed, there were only 20 or so paragraphs left outstanding. These outstanding paragraphs, too, are being worked on by the university. Earlier, in transactional audits, at times, the university used to have around 200 outstanding paragraphs.
A law student along with an advocate, Mohit K. Gupta, had filed an RTI with the CAG in July this year. The audit includes 16 faculties and 77 colleges. The audit has questioned the treatment of the post of registrar on deputation basis and termed purchase of iMac computers for routine work in South Campus as “unauthorized expenditure” worth Rs 24.95 lakhs. The report also highlighted that the University press had been under-utilized and incurred losses from 2009-15. It showed that the press had not paid expenses amounting to Rs 1.30 crore and had idle equipments worth Rs 36 lakhs. The non-payment resulted in the outsourcing of the work causing losses amounting to Rs 1.40 crores to the Faculty of Law.
Not only this, the report also revealed that the university had incurred heavy losses due to the parallel running of feeder buses along with campus bus services without any feasibility analysis. A source in the Vice-Chancellor’s office said that the University was working on the outstanding paragraphs and would respond any further queries by the CAG.
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