GADVASU flouted norms to favour private college in Badal’s constituency

Ludhiana – Startling revelations have come to the fore in a report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) regarding Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) where it is claimed that the varsity violated the norms in providing provisional affiliation twice in 2014 and 2016 to a private college in Badal village that is also the constituency of former Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal.

The report by CAG, copy of which is with states, “University’s Rules for affiliation of private institutions offering Diploma in Veterinary Science and Animal Health Technology inter alia provide that the applicant body is required to complete staff requirements of the first year as per norms and the University will give a letter for admitting students if the staff and other facilities are adequate. In case of finding deficiency, the University may also resort to reduction of intake capacity”.

The report further states that GADVASU granted (November 2014) provisional affiliation to Baba Hira Dass Ji College of Veterinary Pharmacy at village Badal (district Sri Muktsar Sahib) for admitting 60 students for one academic year of Diploma in Veterinary Science and Animal Health Technology in 2015-16, subject to fulfilment of prescribed conditions of infrastructure and manpower before commencement of the session 2015-16. “The University re-inspected (June 2015) the College with reference to the revised guidelines as per directions of the Board of Management and found deficiencies but retained the provisional affiliation granted to the college for 60 seats subject to fulfillment of conditions before starting session 2015-16” report reads.

GADVASU again inspected (May 2016) the college for enhancement of seats from 60 to 100 at the request of the college for the academic year 2016-17 and decided not to increase the seats in view of non-rectification of deficiencies pointed out earlier. The University re-inspected (August 2016) and still noticed deficiencies in infrastructure.

Surprisingly the university granted (August 2016) provisional affiliation to the college for 80 seats for one year with the condition to remove the deficiencies before the start of the academic session 2016-17.

It is worth mentioning that both the violations occurred during the time of Prakash Singh Badal led SAD government in the state.

“The University stated (April 2017) that while the building of boys hostel was under construction, land and staff were available. The reply was not acceptable as deficiencies in terms of area, infrastructure and teaching and non-teaching staff had been pointed out by the university itself on four occasions. Thus, grant of affiliation to the college and subsequent increase in intake of student despite deficiencies was in violation of its own rules by the university which extended undue favour to the private college. Besides possibility of compromising on the quality of education being imparted to students enrolled there could not be ruled out” CAG report states.

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