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RU lens on all colleges

- Varsity to move court, passes on land papers to legal cell

Ranchi University on Monday constituted a special task force to prepare a status report of all institutions under it, amid allegations that the controversy over the sale of land on which Suraj Singh Memorial College stands could be the fallout of the university’s failure to register the plot in the governor’s name within a year of the college becoming a constituent.

Monday’s development comes in the wake of the sale of 73 decimals of land on which the Suraj Singh Memorial College on Kanke Road stands. The sale caught the university and the government by surprise, but the buyer claimed advertisements notifying the sale were published in all vernacular dailies six times.

The task force was formed late Monday evening. “We have decided to conduct a check of all colleges covering parameters like ownership of land, condition of infrastructure, history of the college et al so that we have a fresh report at our disposal,” Ranchi University registrar Amar Kumar Choudhary said.

College development council head P.K. Singh is heading the task force which has been given a month to table a report. The university is responsible for 15 constituent colleges, 19 affiliated colleges, a law college, eight BEd colleges, five engineering colleges, six medical (including dental and other) colleges and two management institutions.

“The reference check is for all colleges. Depending upon the report, necessary steps would be taken to sort out the issues before its too late,” Choudhary added.

The university has also decided to challenge the SS Memorial College land sale in court. “We have given all the related documents to our legal cell. In a day or two they will suggest how we should go about it,” said Choudhary.

Earlier, vice chancellor L.N. Bhagat met university officials,including members of the legal cell, to find a way out of the land sale fiasco.

Sources alleged that after the college became a constituent in 1980, the university needed to register the land in the governor’s name within a year, which was not done. “That could be the reason why despite the land being donated, the ownership remained with the Singh Deo family who sold it,” the source added.

A scheduled meeting between Bhagat and HRD minister Baidyanath Ram was postponed to December 12.

Meanwhile, the Silli circle officer has been asked not to clear mutation papers connected with the SS Memorial College land.