Even after two commissions have submitted their reports on irregularities in Berhampur University and allegations against its senior staff, no action has been taken against those found guilty till date.
In 1998, the State Government appointed RC Behera Commission to inquire into the commissions and omissions in the University.
The Commission submitted its over 50-page report recommending action against the erring staff including the teachers. The report stated that rampant irregularities and corruption in the university need to be checked by appointing an administrator. However, the Commission’s report has been kept in the cold storage of the Higher Education department.
Again in 2009, the university’s Chancellor appointed the then higher education secretary MS Padhy as head of a commission to inquire into the irregularities in the university.
After visiting the university, the Commission recommended to the Chancellor to change the Registrar Prof JK Mohapatra as serious allegations had been received against him.
In reply, the Chancellor’s office stated that the allegations against the Registrar do not cover the ambit of the Commission, but the same may be sent to Chancellor for examination. The letter also asked the Commission to submit its report even after the due date.
The report submitted by the Commission in 2010 pointed out the irregularities in the university.
The Commission had been directed to inquire into 27 allegations against the university, including gross negligence and irregularities by the then vice-chancellor Prof BK Sahu.
Before any action could be taken, Sahu filed a writ petition in the Orissa High Court and prayed for stay on the report.
As an interim measure, the High Court ordered the university not to initiate any action against Sahu till further order.
Meanwhile, after keeping the Commission’s report for around three months, the Chancellor’s office forwarded the report to the university for taking action.
In January 2011, the university formed a committee under the chairmanship of Dr RC Choupatnaik, the syndicate member and Berhampur MLA, to inquire into the recommendations of the Padhy Commission except the case of Prof Sahu. Registrar of the university was convenor and PG Council chairman member of the committee. The Director of College Development Council (CDC) was directed to assist the committee.
However, the committee has not started its inquiry till date.
When asked, Choupatnaik said since a part of the Commission’s report was sub judice, the inquiry has not been started. He was not sure when the inquiry would start.