TURA, Sep 03: The highest seat of education in the Garo Hills region is fast turning out to be a den of corruption with many new skeletons stumbling out of the erstwhile locked North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Tura Campus, cupboard.
If facts are to believed, corruption starts right from the top of the NEHU pyramid and filters down to the bottom.
“The Registrar has been submitting bloated and false travel bills for reimbursement. Being a top official he needs to be setting the highest standards of integrity but seems to have eschewed the same for a just a few rupees more. He is also alleged to have doctored minutes of the executive council meetings and submitted the same to the MHRD and the Visitor with prior blessing of the VC of the University,” alleged a source who wished to remain anonymous.
The source alleged that the situation in the Tura NEHU campus itself was no better.
“Campus administration has been bypassing established procedures and norms in purchase and civil construction works. It is no wonder that a JE has been placed under suspension,” he added.
The source pointed to the construction of the artificial lake as well as football playground for both of which there was no estimate available despite the work already being completed.
“In both these cases, CDD, which is the construction wing for NEHU was kept completely in the dark. Rs 55 lakhs spent on the construction of a playground and lake could have been better spent on creation of additional hostels for students, who have been suffering due to inadequate hostel facilities,” said the source.
He further contested that contractual employees under NEHU have been given a raw deal with the University not looking to recruit but use them as contractual labourers.
“They are paid a laughable sum of money and over the past 21 years there has been no recruitment to the posts of driver, gardener, cleaner, sweeper, clerks with NEHU looking only at contractual labourers for very mysterious reasons,” he said.
NEHU, which was without a VC for quite some time, finally got one in 2015.
“He however has not been able to change anything. It is high time that all stakeholders wake up and do something to bring it back to the position it occupied in education in the country,” said the source.