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Varsity lets go of 14 lakh

Siliguri, Dec. 27: The executive council of North Bengal University (NBU) today officially wrote off about Rs 14 lakh from its old unsettled accounts.

“About 300 people associated with NBU at some point of time or the other owed the varsity money, varying from Re 1 to several thousand rupees. They were mainly advance sanctions for studies or seminars and other programmes. Over the years, these people either died or were untraceable. A committee was formed to look into the matter. Today we ratified the committee’s decision and officially wrote off the entire amount,” said registrar Dilip Kumar Sarkar.

“The accumulated amount relates to very old unsettled accounts — from 1962, when the university was set up, till the early eighties,” said finance officer Pradip Ghosh. “The accounts are under different heads. In some cases heads of departments had not returned the unspent portion of amounts advanced for seminars and other programmes. Often researchers who were here on short-term fellowships had left without properly settling the accounts.”

“The committee that was formed to deal with the matter tried to recover the losses. In the end, it concluded that there was no way of getting back the amount (roughly Rs 14 lakhs) and submitted its findings to the executive council,” Ghosh added.

Today’s executive council meeting also passed the proposal to start evening MBA courses from the next academic session. New teaching and non-teaching posts were sanctioned for Raiganj College.

Discussions on benefits for contractual employees will be taken up at the next executive council meeting, Sarkar said.

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