Former VC of Dr BR Ambedkar University in MP Under Scanner Over Financial Irregularities

Bhopal: A probe has been ordered against the Vice-Chancellor of Mhow-based Dr BR Ambedkar University of Social Sciences by Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Department. The allegations have been made over mismanagement and gross irregularities during the  former Vice Chancellor’s tenure.Also Read – Madhya Pradesh Local Body Polls 2022: 413 Municipalities to Go For Voting in July| Details Here

The Department of Higher Education (DHE), in a recommendation to the General Administration Department (GAD), has demanded an investigation by the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) Bhopal into the alleged gross financial irregularities and non-compliance of procedure charges against Asha Shukla.

According to the news agency, IANS, “A probe against former vice-chancellor of Dr. BR Ambedkar University of Social Sciences, Mhow- Asha Shukla for mismanagement, gross irregularities and non-compliance of procedure is requested from the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) Bhopal,” read an order issued by Veeran Singh Bhalavi, principal secretary Higher Education Department on May 17.

Shukla was removed from the post of vice-chancellor in February. Four months after, this development in these alleged gross financial irregularities has surfaced. Shukla was ousted after she was found involved in alleged financial irregularities and non-compliance of procedure.

However, Shukla had then given her resignation citing some family reasons before a termination letter was issued. Following this, State Higher Education Minister Mohan Yadav had ordered that complaints should be probed by Indore divisional commissioner Dr Pawan Kumar Sharma.

Divisional commissioner Sharma, in his report, found allegations to be true and submitted his report to the Department of Higher Education (DHE). Based on the inquiry report, the DHE sent the file to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan recommending Section 44 at the Mhow University.

Subsequently, a five-member committee was formed to probe the validity and review the works undertaken under various new Study Chairs founded at BR Ambedkar University of Social Sciences (BRAUSS) during Dr Asha Shukla.

(With inputs from IANS)

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