Officials of the education department have unearthed a scam worth R40 lakh in Gautam Budha Nagar district.
According to officials, it was found that more than 500 students had submitted fake documents to pocket scholarship money meant for students belonging to economically weaker sections of the society.
Students of private engineering, management and medical colleges in the district had submitted fake certificates to claim scholarship money."More than 500 certificates submitted by students were found to be fake. It involved scholarship of over R40 lakh. However, majority of the disbursed amount has been recovered from the students. Verification report of another 450 students was yet to be received. The scam relates to 2009-10 academic session," Krishna Prasad, district social welfare officer, told Hindustan Times on Saturday at Vikas Bhawan here.
Under scholarship scheme, students belonging to families having annual income of less than R1 lakh are given fee reimbursement.
“For scheduled caste and scheduled tribe candidates, full fee is reimbursed to colleges irrespective of the amount of fee. However, the fee should be approved by fee committee of the Technical Education Board,” Prasad said.
“Fees of general category students are reimbursed only up to the amount charged by a government college in that course. Rest amount has to be paid by the students,” said the officer.
Giving an example, Prasad said, “Fee for the MBBS course at Santosh Medical College is R4.50 lakh. For SC/ST candidates we reimburse the whole amount of fee to the college. For general category student we give only R13,000.”
“From year 2010-11, online verification system of income certificates has been introduced. Now we first verify the certificate and then issue the scholarship. Earlier we used to send certificates to respective sub-divisional magistrates of concerned districts,” said Prasad.