SKUAST failed to Install Research equipment worth Crores: CAG

SKUASTThe Comptroller and Auditor Genera(CAG)l of India in its latest report has exposed the inefficient working of the authorities at the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology(SKUAST),Jammu.

According to the CAG report, SKUAST procured various high-tech equipment at a whopping cost of 6.12 crore between 2005-2008 for use by different departments of the university.
The equipment were to be used for facilitating research and for imparting practical trainings to students undergoing various courses in the university.
During the audit scrutiny of records of the university it was revealed that after the receipt of 18 equipment no serious efforts were made by the University authorities to install and make them functional with the result that all the equipment were lying unutilized.
CAG has also revealed that the equipment were imported by making payments through letters of credit operated in favour of the firms.
The performance guarantee of the equipment was obtained but the amount of security was released without ensuring installation and commissioning of the equipment.The Registrar of the SKAUST university in June 2012 informed that a committee had been constituted to suggest solutions to make the equipment functional.The matter was then referred to the state government/University in July 2012.
The Registrar informed in August 2012 that after non-funcitoning of equipment valuing Rs 6.12 crore was pointed out by Audit, the university had succeeded in making eight equipment costing Rs 1.98 crore functional.The progress of making the balance 10 equipment functional was awaited till December 2012. The CAG in the end concluded that the failure of the University authorities to ensure installation of equipment resulted in idle expenditure of Rs 4.14 crore,besides depriving the students of the intended benefits.

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