A technical education college in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district was forced to send expensive appliances to the state technical education minister Kalicharan Sarraf to keep him in "good humour", said officials and students said on Wednesday.
Students and faculty at the government-aided Manikya Lal Verma Textile and Engineering College said while they had to go without drinking water and attend classes in shifts due to lack of furniture, the institute's administration in a bid to please Sarraf has "gifted" his office a water purification system, a water cooler and beverage vending machine.
The former principal of the college DN Vyas had paid for the appliance from the college's funds, which cost the institute more than Rs 70,000, they said.
The electrical appliances were purchased in Jaipur and delivered to Sarraf's office.
Vyas said the appliances were purchased on the demand of the minister's office.
"Since the minister was the president of the college society, we were bound to 'honour' the demand of his office staff," said Vyas.
The minister's personnel assistant has sent an acknowledgment with the receipts of the purchases on February 19, he added.
Anand Chaturvedi, who recently took over as the principal, however, denied having any knowledge of any such purchases.
"I have no knowledge about these goods or why they were purchased and for whom," Chaturvedi said.
"I understand that the students have problems regarding furniture and drinking water and it will be sorted out soon," he added.
Rajendra Singh, a student said technical classes were being conducted in two shifts as the class rooms can accommodate only 25% of the students.
"Students demand for installing a water purification system in the college has fallen to deaf ears," said Rohit Sharma, another student.
Two year back, Madan Lal Chaudhary, the personal assistant to the principal secretary of technical education department was appointed as the registrar (exam) of the college.
Chaudhary never joined his post in Bhilwara as he was deputed as the personal secretary to the then principal secretary Vipin Chandra Sharma in Jaipur.
When HT raised this issue, Chaudhary was sent to Bhilwara for two months only to be transferred back to Jaipur.