Probe All Irregularities in KU, Demand Student Unions and AKUT

Hyderabad: Members of various student organizations, including SFI, BSF and ABSF, along with representatives of Association of Kakatiya University Teachers (AKUT), demanded the state government to suspend the university assistant registrar S. Kishtaiah, who was caught red-handed by the ACB officials, and a probe into the irregularities in the university.

They staged a dharna in front of the administration building in KU campus in Hanamkonda on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, they alleged transactions to the tune of around '50 lakh were taking place in the hostel office, and Kishtaiah, with the tacit support of some university higher officials, was collecting five per cent commission from kirana store, and those supplying chicken, rice, firewood and milk to the hostel.

They recalled that a committee, which conducted an inquiry into such irregularities, confirmed that the hostel director Dr. Manjula and superintendent Veeru Naik were involved in a Rs.2.5 crore scam in the maintenance of hostels.

Vice-chancellor Prof. T. Ramesh had intentionally transferred Kishtaiah from the Arts and Science college to the university and had appointed him as assistant registrar in important departments so that he would help in getting commissions.

Recently, various works were undertaken for NAAC grade against an allocation of Rs.10 crore. Most of this amount was swindled by producing fake bills, the protestors alleged.

They also alleged that another registrar P. Ashok Babu, who was the right hand of Prof. Ramesh, grabbed university land in survey number 229. The issue was taken to the notice of the principal secretary of higher education, they said. The VC was appointing his close associates in key posts so that he could loot not only the university money but also grab valuable lands of the university.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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