Affiliation papers submitted by 3 institutions were fake

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 19

Three of the nine fake institutions, running in the name of Nilet in Una, Chamba, Sirmaur and Kangra districts which received scholarships worth over Rs 28 crore for students, had submitted fake affiliation certificates of the renowned universities in Bengaluru and Punjab.

Scholarship scam

  • Scholarships worth over Rs28 cr for students were received by 9 institutions
  • No physical verification of infrastructure and student strength was done
  • The funds were allotted on the basis of the list submitted by the institutions

The documents, recovered from the Education Department and the main accused - then Superintendent Grade-II Arvind Rajta, besides three directors of Nilet institutions, including the wife of Rajta, revealed that the three institutions had submitted fake affiliation certificates to the Education Department for running courses.

During investigations, CBI teams visited the universities and found that these had issued no such affiliation certificates to the institutions and the investigation to find out more irregularities is under way, sources in the CBI said. There was ample evidence against the accused.

No physical verification of infrastructure and student strength was done and the funds were allotted on the basis of the list submitted by the institutions. During the raids at Nilet institutions, the CBI had also found that the institutes were running in one or two rooms.

The probe revealed that some centres were running without affiliation and scholarships were taken in the name of students, who did not exist. A person, trained in the software used for disbursement of scholarships, was deputed as the dealing hand. Moreover, fake accounts were opened.

The CBI had registered a case on May 8, 2019. The scam started in 2012-13 when the scholarships for the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Backward Classes for pre-matric and post-matric students under 36 schemes were not paid to students and 80 per cent scholarship money was paid to private institutions.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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