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Recognition to be reviewed

india Updated: Aug 15, 2006 18:24 IST

THE STATE Government has decided to re-check whether the standard prescribed for the government aided higher secondary schools and colleges is being maintained by them.

There are reports that dozens of colleges have no proper class rooms, faculty members, labs, sports ground etc. Special emphasis would be given to two areas sports and education, said the official sources.

Sources said that the state government had to face a tough time because of large-scale copying in the High School and Intermediate examinations-2006 of Uttar Pradesh Madhymik Shiksha Parishad. This issue was raised in both the houses of State Legislature. Thus, the government wanted to re-evaluate the standards of the government-aided colleges, sources said.

Education department officials said though this initiative was taken earlier but no action was taken against erring colleges as a result the copying continued unabated during the Board examinations.

Even a task force was constituted for the same purpose by the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav himself that too detected several colleges indulging in irregularities in the district.

The report submitted by the task force stated that there were over 400 schools in Kaushambi and Allahabad districts which have neither sports ground and nor sports teacher.

Notably, the Board rules say that the recognition should not be given to a college which has no sports ground. Contrary to this several colleges have been granted affiliation on the ground that they would provide sports ground within a year.

Besides, 17 inter colleges in Kareli, Allahpur, Dhoomanganj, Kalandipuram and Alopibagh have been identified in the city area during the enquiry where classes are being run in just four rooms. Unfortunately, no action was initiated against such colleges as yet, said sources.

Official sources said this time the pattern of re-evaluation of affiliation has been changed. Every college shall be asked to file an affidavit giving all the details of infrastructure available in the college. The colleges have also to explain why do they not maintain the prescribed standards on time. Thereafter, stern action including cancellation of Board's recognition will be taken, added officials.