By Jeevan Kumar
The official residence of Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad had become center of controversies after certain articles appeared in the media stating that the University had spent over Rs. 3 crore to renovate it. VC’s official residence which is also the VC’s camp office and VVIP Guest House occupies around 8,399.79 square feet of land is located near the Peacock Lake in the campus.
No Vice Chancellor had stayed in the building since the last 20 years. It was the current VC Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy who wanted to renovate the building when he decided to stay in the campus.
According to the Engineering Department of the university, the initial estimated amount for civil construction and electrical work of the building was Rs. 89.23 lakh. However it has reached to Rs. 99.86 lakh after the work was completed. The total value of the work including the furniture and other facilities is reported to be around Rs.1.55 crore. Work was completed within one year.
Spending such huge amounts on the VC’s lodge came under fire since several hostels need repairs and have not been renovated in years.
Dr. Manohar Prasad, an activist from India Against Corruption (IAC) had filed a complaint with University Grants Commission (UGC) regarding several issues in UoH including the amount spent on the VC’s lodge.
UGC had sent a letter to the University seeking clarification on the complaint. University officials replied to UGC along with the statistics of amount spent on VC’s lodge. However UGC is yet to respond to the University’s letter.