More skeletons tumble out of NEHU Tura campus cupboard

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
TURA, Dec 05: The NEHU Tura campus has come in for some more ridicule after new allegations of corruption, nepotism amongst others coming to light.
The latest salvo comes in the wake of the University’s go slow attitude in relation to a case of sexual harassment by a HOD, SC Srivastava as well as allegations of corruption.

“Despite the existence of Tura Campus for over 21 years not a single post of LDC, UDC, driver, peon, chowkidar, mali etc has been created. This is due the lackadaisical approach by successive Pro-Vice Chancellors of this campus. They were only busy in safeguarding their personal interests,” said a source from the Tura campus on Tuesday.
“NEHU has the potential of becoming a full fledged university in due time but the step-motherly treatment by Shillong (headquarter) coupled with hands-off approach by all the PVCs of Tura Campus has caused tremendous damage to this campus. Instead of having a roadmap for future the administration of Tura campus is busy in promoting corruption,” added the source.
Recently, the playground and artificial lake was in news for blatant looting of money.
An RTI filed by Agnes Kharshiing, president of CSWO has further revealed financial irregularity in procurement of equipment for open air gym by sports department amounting to Rs 18 lakhs.
“Codal formalities and established norms of university were ignored by the officials of Tura Campus for obvious reasons,” said the source.
Retired faculty member, JP Jaiswal, according to his own admission, has over 1100 pages of documents through RTI which exposes the deep-rooted corruption in the Department of Management.
“Despite a complaint filed by him in this regard, till date no action has been taken because the current Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof G Singaiah, who was earlier head of the same department, is trying to protect Dr. JU Ahmed, another head of the same department,” alleged the source.
The lack of regular employees was also hit upon by the source who stated that the entire campus was being managed by only contractual or daily-wage or outsourced employees.
“They are not paid at par with their Shillong counterparts. This is sheer exploitation but campus administration does not pay any heed to the welfare of its own employees. They are rather busy in promoting corruption. The disparity in wages was revealed through another RTI finding,” added the source.
The source also added that the as per rule, the university is supposed to deposit a certain percentage with the Provident Commissioner, EPFO, Shillong though the same was not being done.
“It is great injustice to the temporary employees. It is high time for all NGOs, civil society and every one of us who care for the education to come forward to ameliorate the condition of the campus,” said the source.


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