Patna, Bihar: The Education Department has embarked on the task of auditing the financial accounts of all state universities. This decision comes amidst an ongoing jurisdictional dispute with the Raj Bhavan. In light of this development, the department has selected six firms to undertake the audit, with five firms assigned to audit two universities each and one firm responsible for auditing three universities.
Dr. Rekha Kumari, the Director of Higher Education, has issued a directive to the registrars of all universities, instructing them to furnish the necessary documents to the respective auditing firms. The audit will encompass records from undergraduate to postgraduate levels, excluding Public Liability (PL) accounts. Government funds allocated for various purposes, including salaries, are typically deposited in PL accounts.
Dr. Girijesh Nandan Kumar, the Registrar of TMBU (Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University), has confirmed that the audit will be conducted based on the Education Department’s directive. Furthermore, colleges affiliated with the universities have been instructed to provide comprehensive documentation related to the audit process.
In accordance with the department’s letter, universities are expected to supply updated cash books, bank account details, audit reports, and other pertinent documents to the designated audit firm by July 31, 2023.
The selected auditing firms for various universities are as follows:
1. TMBU and Magadh University: Rishabh Sinha & Company
2. BNMU (Bhupendra Narayan Mandal University) and JPU (Jai Prakash University): RN Sinha & Company
3. BRABU Muzaffarpur and Purnia University: Anant Dekania & Company
4. LNMU (Lalit Narayan Mithila University) and KSDSU (Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University): KRA & Company
5. Munger University and VKSU (Veer Kunwar Singh University) Ara: KMK & Company
6. Patliputra University, Patna University, and MMH Arabic-Persian University: P Jyoti and Company.
This audit aims to ensure transparency and accountability in the financial management of state universities and comes amidst ongoing disputes over jurisdiction and authority.