Deans give no lectures, faculty gets no training, funds collected from students spent on insurance of vehicles
SRINAGAR: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has pulled up Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology-Kashmir (SKUAST-K) for misuse of funds and not adhering to basic standards of quality education.
According to the CAG’s report, funds collected from students for purpose of providing magazines, common room facility, conducting education tours, arranging extra-curricular and sports activities, were used for paying insurance of vehicles, electricity charges, wages and purchase of furniture.
“Records of faculty of Forestry revealed that Rs 8.93 lakh mis-utilised on insurance of vehicles (Rs 0.26 lakh), payment of electricity charges (Rs 2 lakh), purchase of furniture (Rs 2.68 lakh) and payment of wages (Rs3.99 lakh). An adjustment account for Rs 3.72 lakh advanced to three scientists,” said the report.
On the quality of education, the report said that there was shortage of teaching staff of about 39 to 44 percent and excess in non-teaching staff of between 284 and 356 percent. The report said that neither any dean nor director has given their mandatory lectures.
“Dean/ Associate dean should take a minimum of 32 lectures and Directors 16 lectures in an academic year. Audit noticed that no lectures had been delivered in academic session 2013-14 to 2016-21. The deans also did not deliver any lecture in agricultural engineering faculty,” the report reads.
The audit found that no training was imparted to two newly-appointed Assistant Professors in the Faculty of Agriculture, and only 21 days of training was imparted to two newly-appointed Assistant Professors in the Faculty of Forestry. No plan, the report said, was framed by the university for imparting training to faculty. According to the report, the university nominated faculty members without any criteria for trainings sponsored by external agencies.
The report said that the university has not maintained Germ Plasm (a seed or tissue preserved for animal/ plant breeding and research) of 50 forestry tree/shrubs collected from different party of the Valley, because the arboretum (a plot of land on which many different trees are grown) came under the Vice-Chancellor’s residence and the approach road to it.