All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) chairman R A Yadav was suspended on Wednesday. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing corruption charges against Yadav.
Action has been taken against Yadav and other AICTE officials who were facing corruption charges, a Human Resource Development ministry spokesperson confirmed.
The CBI had arrested Rao on charges of accepting a Rs 5 lakh bribe from the complainant, Laxmikant Reddy, a partner in the Vijay Educational Society that set up an engineering college in Andhra Pradesh.
Established in 1945, the AICTE is a statutory body that promotes technical education in the country in a coordinated manner. It has constitutional powers for planning, maintenance of norms, quality assurance, funding, monitoring and evaluating technical education.
The CBI had also charged Yadav and others with demanding bribes for increasing the student intake of a Faridabad engineering college. Advisor H C Rai has been repatriated to his parent cadre and deputy director Rabinder Randhawa’s contract terminated.
Assistant director Om Dalal has been placed under suspension. Member-secretary of the AICTE Narayan Rao was considered suspended from the date of his arrest earlier this month, the spokesperson said.
AICTE vice-chairman S S Mantha will hold temporary charge as chairman of the Council.
In order to weed out corruption and make the functioning of the AICTE more transparent, the government will make it mandatory for the agency to display information on progress in the applications of institutes for approval or accreditation on the Internet.
An e-governance system will be launched in AICTE, under which representatives of institutes applying for approval will not have to visit the agency in person.