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MHRD IPR Chair Series: Information Received from Delhi University

Posted by Nehaa Chaudhari at May 15, 2016 12:18 PM |
This post provides a factual description about the operation of Ministry of Human Resource Development IPR Chair’s Intellectual Property Education, Research and Public Outreach (IPERPO) scheme in Delhi University.

The author has analysed all the data received through which, the author seeks to trace the presence of unjustified underutilisation of funds by the aforementioned university as provided by the MHRD during the period of 2013-2014. To collect the information for the given study, an RTI application was filed to Delhi University on 09/02/2015 by the Centre for Internet and Society. The reply to RTI application was received on 25/02/2015.

These are the documents received by CIS from Delhi University:

  • For the response to the RTI application click here

Hereinafter, in order to receive any information about Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University’s RTI reply, kindly refer to the above mentioned links. Following are the queries mentioned in the RTI application along with their replies.

  • Reports on the implementation of the IPERPO scheme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the implementation of the MHRD IPR Chair funded under the scheme at the Delhi School of Economics.
    Reply: The University submitted that there are no reports on the implementation of the IPERPO scheme or the MHRD IPR Chair funded under the same. Additionally, the implementation of the scheme commended at Delhi University w.e.f 20th Feb., 2014. Dr. Rekha Chaturvedi joined as the IPR Chair (Technical) on the same date.
  • Documents on the release of grants to the MHRD IPR Chairs under the IPERPO scheme at the Delhi University, Delhi School of Economics for the year 2013-14.
    Reply: The University submitted that there has been no release of grants by the Human Resource and Development Ministry under the IPERPO Scheme.
  • Documents relating to receipts of utilization certificates and audited expenditure statements and matters related to all financial sanctions with regard to funds granted to the MHRD IPR Chair established under the IPERPO Scheme for the year 2013-14 at the Delhi University, Delhi School of Economics.
    Reply: The University replied that as there has been no release of grants under the IPERPO scheme, the question of utilization certificates and audited expenditure or any other matter related to financial sanctions with regard to the funds does not arise.
  • Documents regarding all matters related to finance and budget related to the MHRD IPR Chair under the IPERPO scheme 2013-14 established at Delhi University, Delhi School of Economics.
    Reply: The University did not submit any documents in this regard and asserted that the information sought is not specific.

Comparative Analysis between University Response and the guidelines of MHRD Scheme Document
The Scheme Document of MHRD (http://copyright.gov.in/Documents/scheme.pdf) is a comprehensive document which consists of guidelines regarding Intellectual Property Education, Research and Public Outreach. It talks about a list of objectives, purposes, conditions and eligibility criteria for a University to ensure in order to implement IPERPO in a truest sense. This document provides the procedural as well as qualifying conditions for an Institute to ensure or fulfil before applying for the MHRD grant. Some of these conditions include maintenance of utilization certificates, audit reports, expenditure statements and event information which would be open to access on demand by MDHR or Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

A. Objectives
The University has not provided any documents detailing any activities undertaken to further the objectives of the IPERPO scheme.

B. Eligibility
Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University is recognized by the University Grants Commission. Therefore, it fulfils the eligibility criteria mentioned in the scheme document.

Financial Analysis

The University has not provided any documents on this subject.

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