Thirty-five university lecturers who went abroad on study leave at the University of Moratuwa were found to be in arrears of nearly Rs 52 million as at 31 December 2021, due to breach of contract and bonds, it was revealed at Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE).
It was also revealed that the amount due from 16 lecturers who had breached contracts and bonds for eight years was Rs 23 million.
Referring to the recovery of bond values from lecturers who breached contracts and bonds, the Vice Chancellor of the university said that the money from five lecturers has been already recovered while money from 12 will be recovered in instalments. He also said that legal action has been taken against 11 persons.
The COPE on Wednesday (8) examined the Auditor General’s reports for 2019 and 2020 on University of Moratuwa and the current performance of the university.
The Vice Chancellor said that the university offers only degree programmes based primarily on Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology.
The Vice Chancellor said that students of the Medical Faculty of the university are currently studying for the next two academic years but no building has been constructed for the faculty so far. The Vice Chancellor also requested that the academic staff of the Medical Faculty be provided for the third and final academic year.
He said that although it has been decided to set up a professorial unit at the Nagoda Hospital, no allocation has been received for the acquisition of the 15-acre Nagoda land in Kalutara which has been selected for the construction of the required buildings. He said that the government has instructed to obtain a bank loan for this purpose and that action is being taken accordingly.
The COPE Chairman instructed the Secretary to the Ministry of Education and the University Grants Commission to look into the matter and take immediate action.
The COPE Chairman also said that the appointment of non-academic staff to universities at the discretion of the political authorities has become a huge problem.
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake