Imphal, Jan 28
It was in the aftermath of the 105th Science Congress held from March 16 to March 20, 2018 , hosted by the Manipur University that allegations about the misappropriation of funds and irregularities in administration of the University affairs has surfaced prompting the University Community to undergo months long protest crippling the function of Manipur University until Manipur High Court appointed an “administrator” and putting VC AP Pandey under suspension, while the allegations were being investigated by a two member independent committee.
The findings of the two member enquiry committee had reportedly been submitted to the MHRD, but neither the report has been made public nor any action has been taken up against VC AP Pandey or the parties involved. Interesting part is that, AP Pandey still enjoys the Vice Chancellor designation along with all the perks even though under suspension and the Administrator appointed by Manipur High Court on interim basis continue to exercise as a full fledged Vice Chancellor for around 1 years and 3 months.
Imphal Times Special investigation team has been unveiling the series of misappropriations and irregularities being carried out at the Manipur University. In this 5th part , Imphal Times reveals on how huge sum of amount for media and publicity matter in connection with the 105th Indian Science Congress held at Manipur University had been misappropriated.
As per the findings of the Imphal Times Special Investigation team, the University invited sealed rate quotations from five firms all based outside Manipur for the production of short films and teasers on February 13, 2018. The University invited only the DAVP empanelled media agencies. At 1.00 pm of the same day Purchase and Works committee of the 105th ISC recommended one Noida based firm M/S E-Media Solutions for execution of the work. The total estimate of the media publicity and film production is Rs. 34,10,420/-.
Further finding revealed that M/S E-Media Solutions is not listed in the official list of empanelled agencies of DAVP website despite their claim. The teaser was supposed to be telecasted in 12 TV Channels from March 13 to 16 , 2018, but records of telecast in only 7 TV channels were available. Details of the amount paid to the 7 TV channels could not be found.