Weaknesses in financial management, reliance on government for IIT subsidies: CAG report

A CAG report revealed infirmities in the financial management of IITs and that coveted institutions depend on the government for grants to fund research. (Photo courtesy: PTI)

An audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) found that the IITs were not producing enough internal receipts while remaining dependent on the government for grants. The report also pointed to infirmities in the financial management exercised by the coveted institutes of national importance.

The report covers the subject “Performance Audit of Establishment of New Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)” for the period 2014-19.

Infirmities in financial management

It was found in the audit that there were deficiencies in the financial management undertaken by the IITs and that there were delays in the establishment of the construction of the infrastructure development, which led to the revision capital expenditure.

Enrollment deficit

The report said, “With regard to academic programs and research, it was found that two IITs (Bhubhaneshwar and Jodhpur) could not introduce the targeted number of courses. None of the eight IITs could reach the intake stipulated cumulative number of students at the end of the sixth year.”

The committee also noted a lack of enrollment in PG programs in the eight IITs – IIT Bhubaneswar, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Indore, IIT Jodhpur, IIT Mandi, IIT Patna and IIT Ropar.

“Five IITs did not set admissions for doctoral courses while the others had admissions shortfalls in these courses. to provide quality education,” the report added.

Dependence on government

“Furthermore, the representation of reserved categories of student enrollment in most IITs was very low. It was also found that all IITs received very low levels of funding for research projects, sponsored by sources non-governmental organizations,” the report added.

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Geraldine L. Melton