Indore: Concerned over non-utilisation of a significant portion of University Grants Commission (UGC)’s grant allocated to Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), vice chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad on Monday informed heads of teaching departments that Rs 5 crore funds are still lying unutilised and the same will lapse if not spent in a month. “September 30 is the deadline for spending the grant. Time is running out. Act now and think of methods for spending the funds,” Dhakad told HoDs in a meeting held on UTD campus.

Though the VC generally would hold meeting with HoDs every month, the meeting, which lasted for about five years, was held after a gap of nearly one year. “For last one year, I did not find any need to hold meeting with you people, but now I think that we got to meet frequently, probably every month,” the VC told HoDs.

Notably, DAVV had received Rs 13.5 crore grant under XIIth Development Plan in 2012 of which it could spend merely Rs 5.5 crore by end of March, 2017, which was the deadline for the same. However, following request by DAVV, the UGC granted six more months to spend the unused grant of Rs 8 crore by September. But, despite the extension, the DAVV could spend Rs 3 crore while Rs 5 crore is still lying unspent with the university.

In view of central team’s visit to DAVV for Swachh survey, Dhakad asked HoDs to ensure that their respective departments remain clean and hygienic. Thus the department heads were also asked to encourage young teachers to indulge in research and push them for applying for research projects. Granted Grade A accreditation in 2013, DAVV is now dreaming of clinching A++ accreditation from NAAC. “Though NAAC peer team’s inspection for assessment of our standards is due in 2019, we will have to start preparation from now onwards if we really want top grade from accrediting agency,” he said suggesting HoDs to remove shortcomings, if any, in their respective departments.

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