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Irregularities, Graft at NSU

Govt begins investigation

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 10 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Govt begins investigation

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The government has formed a high-level probe committee to investigate various allegations of irregularities and corruption against North South University (NSU).

The Education Ministry on August 1 formed the committee headed by University Grants Commission (UGC) Member Prof Dr Biswajit Chanda, asking them to submit a report within 16 working days. Two other members of the committee are UGC Director (Private University Division) Md Omar Faruque and Education Ministry’s Deputy Secretary Md Mahamudul Alam.

The ministry has asked the probe body to submit a report along with recommendation, indentifying the involved persons with the financial and administrative irregularities at the country’s top private university.

It also said that according to the Private University Act, the general funds of the university cannot be spent on any sector other than the needs of university. If there are found any irregularities, the ministry asked the probe body to submit a report with the recommendation to file a case by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to recover the embezzled money.

Convener of the probe body Prof Biswajit Chanda said, “We have already started investigation, but the probe may get delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

He also said, “We will collect all necessary information from the university and we will also take interview of the involved person with the irregularities.”

There are allegations that the Board of Trustee members (BoT) of the university have spent huge amount of money as per their wish from the university’s funds. The NSU BoT members also purchased luxury Range Rover car worth around Tk 3 crore and using the car spending money from the university’s funds.

The trustees formed various unnecessary committees at the university and they are taking a large amount of money in the name of sitting allowance of the meetings of committees. It was learnt that each member of the BoT is taking up to Tk 50,000 for sitting allowance at each meeting.

There are also allegations against some trustees of the NSU that they are taking large sums of money in the name of purchase for the university through their own business firms. Many trustees are even embezzling money in the name of salaries and allowances by giving name only appointment of their relatives, including their wives at the university.