UGC rejects JNU claim on subsidy, says it has not received a proposal

New Delhi: A day after Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) said it had applied for grants from the University Grants Commission for hostel repairs last year, the committee called the varsity’s claims “factually false,” saying it had received no such proposal for approval. In a statement, the UGC said it released Rs 14 crore for renovation and upgrade work on June 24.
This came a day after JNU said in a statement that a proposal had been sent to UGC in September 2021 for Rs 56 crore under various heads requesting that the required amount be sanctioned as a special scholarship at the university.
“UGC released Rs 14 crore to JNU on June 24, 2022 for structural repair and renovation/upgrade work. Thereafter, UGC has not received such proposal from JNU for approval by the Standing Committee under the terms and conditions of the UGC sanction letter dated 16.06. 2022,” the UGC said in the statement.
The university said Monday that the first tranche of Rs 14 crore has been released, adding that the repair work will be carried out in two phases.
In phase one, structural repairs will be carried out in Ganga, Kaveri and Periyar hostels, along with a renovation of Sabarmati Hostel’s dining hall, kitchen and toilets.
Speaking to PTI, JNU VC Santishree D Pandit said the university had sent a proposal to the UGC for Rs 56 crore under various heads in September last year. It requested the UGC to approve the required amount as a special grant to undertake priority structural repairs and upgrades and renovations of hostels, guest houses, academic, administrative, residential and other buildings on campus.
“The UGC will give Rs 56 crore in two years. It has divided the money into four tranches. The first tranche has come to us this month which is of Rs 14 crore. Immediately after that, we had the construction and working committee meeting,” said pandit.
The administration has decided to start the repair work from the Sabarmati hostel.

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