Delhi University refutes corruption allegation by Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

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New Delhi: Delhi University on Friday refuted the allegations of corruption levelled against it by the city government last week, saying it “has offended the sentiments varsity staffers and students who have worked hard to build the academic standards of their institutions.

The varsity and the government have been locked in a tussle over the formation of governing bodies in 28 colleges with 12 of them being fully funded and 16 partially funded by the city government.

The colleges have claimed that they have been unable to pay staffers’ salaries due to insufficient grants released by the government.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, had said last week, The inability of Delhi govt-funded DU colleges to pay salaries to their staffers despite a 70 per cent budget increase in five years indicates corruption. The refusal to form governing bodies and repeated complaints of corruption raise many questions on the DU administration.

The colleges refuted the allegation of corruption asserting that none of the three-level annual audits of the varsity finances has revealed any financial bungling over the years.

There are three types of audits conducted on annual basis — internal audit, conducted by DU-approved panel of auditors, Examiner Local Funds Account audit or ELFA Audit conducted by the Delhi government and the AGCR conducted by CAG, the varsity said in a statement.

The audit reports of all these colleges till date reflect that the financial affairs are managed as per the University of Delhi norms and general financial rules, said Professor Balaram Pani, DU’s Dean of Colleges.

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