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By Atul Patankar
As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 20 September 2009
CHANDIGARH: A law student of Panjab University had sought information under the RTI Act on poor students' welfare fund collected over the last five years, how much mess or canteen servant welfare fund was collected from hostellers in the last nine years and how much money under medical aid for mess and canteen staff was collected by hostellers in the last 15 years.
However, the university recently refused to provide him some information, stating the applicant, being a resident of a Panjab University hostel, is aware of the rules. The information he has sought was in the rule book of the university, the authorities said.
LLM student Varun Malik was provided with incomplete data. I got a reply that the information is in the rule book, and if I need documented information, I have to pay Rs 2 per page, Varun said. He was only given details on the poor students welfare fund collected by the university in the last five years. The fund collected from all the boys and the girls' hostels in the last five years crossed Rs 30 lakh, as per the RTI reply, but the authorities did not specify where the money was spent.
Source: PU refuses student info under RTI Act - Chandigarh - City - NEWS - The Times of India
By Atul Patankar
As reported by Amit Sharma at timesofindia.indiatimes.com 22 September 2009
CHANDIGARH: In what appears to be an attempt at keeping up with the Joneses, Panjab University vice-chancellor RC Sobti is going to get a luxury car as his official vehicle.
The VC said the university's board of finance had stated that a Toyota Corolla should be made available to him. He added, "VCs of Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjabi University, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Himachal Pradesh University and Kurukshetra University have luxury cars. So why should it be a problem if PU VC also has such a car"
Sobti said he had suggested that a Suzuki SX4 be bought as the official vehicle, but the board maintained that as the VC had to visit 188 colleges and also attend high-level meetings, he should have a car offering greater luxury. PU syndicate has accepted the proposal regarding this. Source said the car had been booked and would be delivered to PU very soon.
Since the syndicate's approval, the acquisition of the automobile has become a major issue, with many saying buying the luxury vehicle would be a bad idea for the university, which is already finding it hard to manage its funds.
Some RTI activists have also raised questions about the fuel that car has been consuming, which, say sources, costs Rs 20,000 per month. Sobti, however, maintained that he paid for the fuel whenever he used the official car for any personal purpose.
Source: Luxury drives PU decision for VC's official car - Chandigarh - City - NEWS - The Times of India