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Bapu's statue in DU Faculty of Law lying with no glasses

New Delhi: The nation remembers the 148th birth anniversary of the "Father of the Nation", but nearly, three-decade old bust of him is lying without his signature spectacles.
To make up for the missing accessory, a pair of eyeglasses has been sketched on to the bust.
The Delhi University was confused earlier this year on how to spend the crores sanctioned by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for infrastructural development.
But it forgot that the Mahatma statue was lying neglected at the Campus Law Centre (CLC).
To develop infrastructures, Rs 300 crore was given to the university by the UGC for a period of five years from 2012 to 2017. However, the University failed to utilise the full amount and nearly Rs 105 crore lapsed.
Irked with this attitude, a former law student and advocate Mohit Kumar Gupta filed an RTI seeking basic information about the statue such as date of installation, expenses incurred on its construction and whether any eyeglasses were put on the bust but the administration could not furnish some of the details.
"The information regarding the date of installation of the statue and expenses incurred on the eyeglasses is not withheld by this office," said the RTI reply.
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