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RU fails to use funds, asks more

Ranchi, April 20: The Ranchi University (RU) failed to utilise a-fifth of the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) fund during the Tenth Five Year Plan period, but that did not deter it from demanding over Rs 200 crore for the next five years.

Sources told The Telegraph that RU authorities were compelled to surrender about Rs 63 lakh of total Rs 3.12 crore earmarked for it as its officials were unable to send a timely and proper utilisation certificate for the funds allotted earlier.

The UGC grant was to be utilised for buying books, journals, laboratory equipment and executing some minor building renovation work.

For the Eleventh Five Year Plan period, the varsity alone has demanded over Rs 70 crore under the heads of building and campus development programme, staff development schemes, purchasing books, journals and equipment and carrying out research-related activities.

Besides this, about Rs 150 crore plan of RU is part of a cumulative initiative of all the five universities of the state.

All the varsity authorities are supposed to approach the UGC, Union ministry of human resource development, state government and other sources to realise their plans.

“Out of Rs 3.12 crore earlier earmarked for RU under the Tenth Five Year Plan, the university received instalments of Rs 74.10 lakh, Rs 50.70 lakh and Rs 1.24 crore during the plan period. The fourth instalment could not be released due to non-submission of utilisation certificate on time,” a source said.

RU did receive an additional grant of Rs 48 lakh by the end of the plan period but its authorities drew flak over how a grant of Rs 63 lakh lapsed.

RU vice-chancellor A.A. Khan conceded that Rs 63 lakh lapsed in 10th plan period.

He was also apprehen- sive about whether 10 per cent of the total demand for the 11th plan period would be sanctioned by the UGC.

RU has planned an institute for natural resource management system and a new campus among others in the 11th plan period.

It got a shot in the arm as it was allocated Rs 10 crore by the UGC to set up a proposed Jharkhand Institute of Basic Sciences.

The funds came under the Tenth Plan as a special grant.

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