The recently held union meeting gave the green light to write to the government, after a committee formed to review the procurement process, operation and documents related to the rooftop solar system at the university returned its report.
The project was approved and completed during the tenure of then-vice-chancellor K Byrappa. However, none of the solar water heating and solar power generation facilities are currently operational, says the report, a copy of which is with TOI.
The report concludes that none of the solar lighting installations and solar water heater installations are in working order, with the exception of a water heater in the guest house in Cauvery. Despite an annual maintenance contract until February 13, 2021, it is not supported. A total of 170 water heater panels are shorter than the numbers corresponding to the tender and third-party audit.
The committee pointed out that a non-project proposal had been prepared by the technical committee and the relevant department of the university. “There is prima facie evidence showing embezzlement of up to Rs 2 crore,” the report said.
“A thorough investigation by a judicial officer is strongly recommended to highlight the role of individuals who have been responsible for flagrant abuses and abuse of public power, and dereliction of duty, causing losses to the treasury of the university, and to make them responsible for compensating, ”the report said.
Survey by a retired judge
“Based on the committee report, after tabling it at the union meeting, we wrote to the governor, who asked us to seek help from the state government. The report was chaired again at the last union meeting, and it was decided to write to the state government to take further action by appointing a retired judge. Meanwhile, the university has also decided to put the solar installation back into service by investing an additional Rs 15 lakh, ”said PS Yadapadithaya, vice-chancellor.