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USP Saga: Allegations Unsubstantiated Concludes Investigator

Professor Pal Ahluwalia had made 26 allegations of mismanagement against Professor Rajeshwar Chandra who held office from 2008 to 2018.
11 Sep 2019 10:56
USP Saga: Allegations Unsubstantiated Concludes Investigator
Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific Professor, Rajesh Chandra. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Independent audit investigator, BDO Auckland, has concluded that it cannot substantiate allegations made by The University of the South Pacific’s current Vice-Chancellor against his predecessor.

Professor Pal Ahluwalia had made 26 allegations of mismanagement against Professor Rajeshwar Chandra who held office from 2008 to 2018.

BDO Auckland concluded there was a lack of documentary evidence because of the level and or quality of documentation retained by USP.

“BDO’s view is that a majority of the decisions investigated were made within the boundaries of the Vice Chancellor’s ordinance.

“However, when critically analysed, the rationale for many of the decisions taken is unclear,” the report stated.

BDO identified the need for greater oversight, control and management of the HR and payroll functions of the USP.

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