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Massive irregularities in NITR under Dir’s nose

| | ROURKELA | in Bhubaneswar

A couple of years ago, the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (NITR) was in talk for its rank in national and international level. But now it has drastically been losing its glory due to nepotism and corruption.

That is why many faculties and staff members who are supposed to get promotion and yet have been deprived of the facility have taken the shelter of the Orissa High Court. Several faculties have already left the organisation and many are planning to leave. And this situation occurred after October 11, 2016 when the new Director took over, alleged many faculties of the institution and urged the CBI intervention to investigate the irregularities resorted to in last two years, through a representation.

They alleged the irregularities not only made in faculty appointment but also made in promotion and other financial transactions. According to their representation, the institute went for faculty recruitment vide advertisement NITR/ES/04/2017. Out of 203 vacancies only 57 new faculties have been selected (that too only at the level of Assistant Professor and the recruitment at Associate Professor and Professor levels is nil). Many internal faculties have been promoted. It is alleged that the Director being Chairman of the selection committee has violated the MRR (Model Recruitment Rule) both in recruitment and promotion.  As a result, several aggrieved ones have filed cases in court.

Besides irregularities in recruitment, the allegation of financial irregularities has been raised in the petition. The representation reflects that many non-admissible items are procured from the grant received from World Bank under TEQIP-II (Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme) projects under ‘modernization of NITs’ head of account. Similarly, under transportation services unit of the institute, financial benefits amounting to crores of rupees have been paid to some specific vendors without tendering. The legal expenses of the institute are on exponential rise since last one year, which has exceeded the total expenditure of last 15 years. It is pertinent that, the selection of legal advisor (there is no such sanctioned post) or the legal consultant is a complete non-transparent affair in contravention to the GFR (General Financial Rules) guidelines.

Another major irregularity which is a serious concern is, the fees paid to the Chartered Accountants without following any due procedure of hiring.

There are many instances of harassment to the faculty at NIT Rourkela, who have put their best efforts to get funding from external research projects. Money worth crores of rupees has received by the NITR, but the projects are yet to be registered with NIT to open up for spending. Agencies such as World Bank, other Government organisations may blacklist the institute if money not spent.

Even the NITR may be asked to return the money with interest. This attitude of institution head has lowered the ranking of the institution. This is only a tip of the iceberg and a high level audit would definitely unveil countless irregularities and malpractices, revealed the representation.

It is also learnt that many non-teaching officers and staffers who deserve to get promotion have submitted memorandum to the Chairperson of Board of Governors, Members and HRD Ministry. It may be noted here that the notification for sitting of DPC was fixed for on May 9, 2018, but it could not as the Director went out of station for some official work. After that, despite several requests the further date is not yet fixed.

It may be noted here that in NIT two methods are followed for giving promotion to the staffers i.e. Direct Recruitment or DPC, but in December 13, 2017 two stenos were given promotion to Private Secretary level with high salary through internal selection committee which is illegal. That is the aggrieved point for others who are waiting for promotion.




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