'Misappropriation': KU Syndicate Forms Panel
The Syndicate of the University of Kerala has constituted a three-member committee to inquire into the alleged unauthorised withdrawal of around Rs 38 lakh from the provisional advance account in 2011 when K A Hashim was the Registrar of the University.
Hashim is presently the Director of the State Council For Educational Research and Training (SCERT).
The Syndicate also suspended Section Officer N Ashokan who handled the provisional advance account, pending inquiry.
The constitution of a probe committee - comprising Syndicate members R S Sasikumar, B S Jyothi Kumar and P Reghunath - and the disciplinary action against the Section Officer follows a report by the Finance Officer into the alleged irregularities.
The report of the Finance Officer pointed out that 10 cash withdrawals were made from the Registrar’s account without any authorisation from the University.
“Even though Hashim demitted office on March 14, 2011, he continues to be the signatory of the account till date,” the Finance Officer’s report says.
According to sources in the Syndicate, the Finance Officer has termed it as a “serious misappropriation of funds” and has recommended an inquiry by an external agency to bring out the truth.
The Syndicate has also decided to approve appointment of around 100 teachers in various colleges under the Sree Narayana Trust.
The approval of the appointment was hanging fire for the past one-and-a-half years.
The Kerala University has been writing to the Government since October last year regarding the appointments.
In response, Additional Chief Secretary (Higher Education) K M Abraham informed the Registrar that the report from the Director of Collegiate Education on the matter was pending and that only the Government can take a final decision on the matter.