CAG raps Kurukshetra University

Chandigarh: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has rapped Kurukshetra University on various fronts including deficiencies in planning, budget formulation, financial management, low rate of passouts in some courses and late declaration of results.

In its report for 2010-11 which was tabled in the ongoing budget session of the Haryana Assembly here, the CAG also slammed the University, established in 1956, for inadequate infrastructure.

"A long term perspective plan for developmental activities was not prepared. The Academic Planning Board remained non-functional for the last 11 years," said the CAG`s performance audit of the University, which has 434 colleges affiliated to it as on March 31 last year.

The pass percentage of students in several courses including some mainstream ones was far from satisfactory between 2006-07 to 2009-10 varying between 47-55 per cent.

The teacher-student ratio in a university should be 1:15 as per AICTE and UGC norms, but it was 1:31 for technical courses and 1:18 for non-technical courses in the Kurukshetra University, the CAG report mentions, pointing out that "it could be one of the reasons for unsatisfactory results and low placements…"

The CAG has also rapped the varsity for late declaration of results in as many as 34 courses between 2005-2010.

Coming down heavily on the University`s financial management, the report said, "budget projections were not realistic and could not be achieved. The rate of increase in the salary expenditure was much more than the rate of increase in the internal receipts of the University, which could erode its financial base".

It also pointed out that the University, right from its inception, did not prepare any balance sheet, with the result that its total assets and liabilities were not known to the management.

Due to lack of planning and slackness, Rs 20 crore out of Rs 30 crore released by the government in March 2008 for enhancing the intake capacity of students could not be utilised.

The Kurukshetra University is financed through grants, plans and non-plans from the Haryana government, UGC and other Central government organisations like AICTE and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. It also generates its own income by way of fees and fines from the students, sale of publications and study material, lease rent etc.

The University failed to create adequate infrastructure for laboratories, libraries, computer facilities, hostel accommodation, which would have otherwise been created out of the income from the Distance Education programme and the self-financing scheme, the CAG report says.