More than Rs 8.5 lakh were spent to renovate the house of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice Chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit since February, students claimed on Thursday, citing an RTI reply. They said the engineering department of the university has disclosed in the RTI reply that it has incurred an expenditure of Rs 10,04,045 from 2020 to 2022 to renovate the VC’s office against the sanctioned cost of Rs 9,74,946.
An amount of Rs 8.6 lakh was spent between February and May this year, including Rs 4.25 lakh to install air-conditioners at the VC’s residence, the department has said. Pandit joined the university as the VC on February 7. Neither Pandit nor JNU Registrar Ravikesh responded to phone calls.