Ex-registrar served notice for ‘misusing crores’

Aug 2, 2017

Mysuru: Nearly 20 months after University of Mysore hosted 103rd Indian Science Congress, the university has smelt corruption to the tune of crores!

The university’s acting vice-chancellor Dayanand Manehas served a showcause notice to history professor R Rajanna, who had served as the registrar (evaluation) of UoM. The VC has sought an explanation on the spending of Rs 9-plus crore released during the Indian Science Congress in January 2016. He has been given one week to respond. Nearly Rs 10 crore was shown as expense for food and accommodation for guests and participants attending the three-day Science Congress. However, there are no appropriate records pertaining to the spending, which has surprised the varsity authorities.

“I suspect the money released for the Congress is siphoned off. I will initiate an inquiry into the spending after placing the matter before the varsity Syndicate in early August,” Mane said, adding: “I have served a notice to former registrar Rajannaseeking his explanation with regard to spending nearly Rs 10 crore. I have given him a week’s time for that.” However, Mane did not reveal the details of the notice issued last week.

Mane told TOI that Rajanna had signed on behalf of the registrar (administration) to spend the amount during the Science Congress even though he is not authorized to do so. “I have asked him as to what forced him to sign the records on behalf of the registrar (administration) who is an authority,” the VC said.

Mane said the issue will also be placed in the Syndicate meeting on August 3. “I will send the decision to the governor-chancellor, higher education minister and higher education authorities along with relevant documents seeking their direction (about next course of action). I will appeal to the governor-chancellor and the government to initiate an inquiry as I strongly suspect that funds are misused,” Mane disclosed TOI.

Rajanna was recently ousted as the registrar following complaints. He was posted back to his parent (history) department.

When contacted, Rajanna rejected the allegations, claiming that he has not done anything wrong that would lower the university’s image during his term as the registrar (administration) and the registrar (evaluation). “Whatever I have done is legal. I had taken the consent of then UoM vice-chancellor and followed the direction of the Syndicate. I signed some documents in the absence of then registrar (administration) as I was in charge registrar (administration),” Rajanna said, adding: “It is a serious allegation against me and a personal vendetta. I will reply to it strongly and legally.”

Source: Times of India