Maharishi Markandeshwar Deemed to be University, Mullana (hereinafter referred to as “the University”) is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and ethical conduct in all its operations. This Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy is designed to prevent bribery and corruption in any form and applies to all employees, students, contractors, suppliers, and any other individuals associated with the University (hereinafter referred to as “stakeholders”).
The University strictly prohibits any form of bribery or corruption, whether direct or indirect, in all its activities, including but not limited to academic, administrative, research, and financial operations. We do not tolerate any actions that may compromise the integrity of the University or its stakeholders.
- Bribery: The offering, promising, giving, accepting, or soliciting of an advantage (financial or non-financial) with the intention to induce or reward improper conduct or obtain an unfair advantage.
- Corruption: The misuse of entrusted power for personal gain or benefit.
- Bribe: Anything of value given or received in violation of this policy, which can include but is not limited to gifts, money, loans, favors, hospitality, entertainment, or other benefits.
- Bribery of any kind, whether to public officials, private individuals, or any other entity, is strictly prohibited.
- Employees and stakeholders are not allowed to offer, promise, give, solicit, or accept bribes or other improper advantages to or from anyone, including but not limited to students, parents, suppliers, contractors, government officials, or any other third party.
- Facilitation payments or “grease payments” made to expedite routine administrative tasks are equally prohibited.
- Engaging in any corrupt practices, such as embezzlement, kickbacks, or extortion, is strictly prohibited.
- Concealing or aiding in the concealment of bribery or corrupt practices is a breach of this policy.
Gifts and Hospitality
The University acknowledges that giving and receiving gifts and hospitality can be a legitimate way to establish and maintain good working relationships. However, these actions must be within reasonable and ethical bounds and should not influence or be perceived to influence decision-making.
- Employees and stakeholders must not offer or accept gifts, hospitality, or entertainment that could compromise their integrity or create an appearance of impropriety.
- Any gifts or hospitality of significant value offered or received must be reported to the appropriate authority in the University.
Reporting Suspected Bribery or Corruption
The University encourages all stakeholders to report any suspected bribery or corruption promptly. We assure that whistleblowers will be protected from any retaliation for making good-faith reports.
- Suspicions or incidents of bribery and corruption can be reported to the designated authority or the University’s Ethics Committee.
- Anonymous reporting channels will be made available for those who prefer not to disclose their identity.
- The University will thoroughly investigate all reports of alleged bribery and corruption.
Consequences of Non-Compliance
Any employee or stakeholder found to be in violation of this policy will face disciplinary action, which may include termination of employment, expulsion, legal action, or any other appropriate consequences as per the severity of the breach.
Communication and Training
The University will ensure that this Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy is communicated effectively to all employees and stakeholders. Regular training programs will be conducted to raise awareness about the importance of compliance with this policy.
Review and Update
This policy will be reviewed periodically to ensure it remains relevant and effective. Any necessary updates will be made to align with changes in laws, regulations, or best practices.
Compliance with Laws
This policy will adhere to all applicable laws and regulations related to anti-bribery and corruption, both within India and internationally.