Indore: Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), which has been seeking funds worth Rs 204 crore from state government for upgrading itself as a model university could not even spend Rs 15 crore in last three years it received under RUSA scheme.
Taking note of slow pace of utilisation of RUSA grant, Department of Higher Education (DHE) has directed DAVV to spend unutilised funds by September 30 else the last instalment of Rs 5 crore would not be released. Subsequently, vice-chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad on Thursday asked heads of university teaching departments to spend all the RUSA funds lying with them by August end.
“We got grant of Rs 20 crore under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) in 2014. The first instalment reached us in September, 2015. Since then, we got Rs 15 crore in total,” Dhakad said. He said university has spent Rs 9 crore of the allocated funds and remaining of it will be utilised by August end.
As per the condition of RUSA scheme, educational institutions are required to utilise at least 75 percent of the allocated funds only then further instalments are issued. “Rs 6 crore are lying in our kitty unspent. If we spend even Rs 3 crore, we will meet the condition of minimum 75 percent utilisation of funds for release of further installment,” said Abhay Kumar, professor in-charge of RUSA scheme at DAVV.
“We will spend Rs 2 crore on purchase of equipment for School of Energy and Environmental Studies, School of Instrumentation, and IT Centre. Besides, we have planned to purchase computers from remaining Rs 1 crore,” Abhay Kumar said.
DAVV track record of lapses
DAVV has track record of lapsing UGC grants. It had lapsed Rs 1 crore in 2009 out of Rs 3.15 crore sanctioned to it under tenth development plan. Under twelfth plan, the DAVV was allocated Rs 13.5 crore. The university could spend Rs 8.5 crore of grants in six years and remaining Rs 5 crore grant lapsed.
In 2003, DAVV was allocated grant of Rs 3 crore for establishment of Centre with Potential for Excellence in e-Management. Of that, the university had to refund Rs 1.75 crore to UGC including interest for not utilising funds on time.