<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The University Grants Commission (UGC) has backtracked on providing the audit report of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to an RTI applicant, Paras Nath, after agreeing to the same and asking the applicant to deposit additional money required for the documents.A panel constituted by UGC has conducted audits of 10 central universities, including AMU, to assess the functioning of these universities. According to sources, the panel had found inbreeding in AMU, which was affecting the diversity of the university, suggesting that Vice-Chancellor’s quota in admissions be done away with. Some other recommendations were also made by the committee.It is the same report that was sought through an RTI application from UGC. The Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of the commission on October 16 had replied, “The requisite information which contains 43 pages, therefore you are requested to send Rs 86 as RTI fee for providing the required information. After the receipt of the RTI fee, the required information will be provided.”However, on Tuesday, CPIO Sushma Rathore replied in a letter, “I am directed to inform you that the RTI questions are related to Ministry of HRD. The application is therefore being transferred to you under section 6(3) of the RTI Act with a request to provide requisite information.”The RTI applicant is now alleging that the Commission is consciously denying information. “This is shocking and smack of malafide on the part of the CPIO. This is a clear case of succumbing to extraneous pressure,” said Nath, the applicant.The CPIO was unavailable for comment on Tuesday.

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UGC backtracks on giving AMU audit to RTI activist