Vigilance bureau to probe ‘bungling’ of funds by Samana education college
Rajesh Bagha, chairman of the Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission , said the VB probe was ordered after the commission conducted an inquiry into the matter at its own level.punjab Updated: Jun 28, 2017 11:21 IST
The Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission has ordered a vigilance bureau (VB) probe against private Nancy College of Education, Samana, for allegedly bungling funds worth Rs 17.5 lakh meant for scholarships to students of minority communities.
Rajesh Bagha, chairman of the commission, said the VB probe was ordered after the commission conducted an inquiry into the matter at its own level.
“The commission had received a complaint from BEd and ETT students of the college regarding levying of illegal fees from the students belonging to the SC category and defrauding them by spreading misinformation about free admissions,” Bagha said.
He added that the Patiala district welfare office was asked to investigate the matter and it found that the college bungled the scholarship funds received from the Punjab government and the Centre.
“It was also found that the college charged fees amounting to Rs 39,950 per annum from at least 44 students and no receipt for the same was issued. Similarly, each student from the SC category was made to pay Rs 6,930 and no receipt was given,” Bagha said.
He added that the college management assured students that the fee would be refunded to them and deposited directly into their bank accounts by the department concerned. He added that the management made lame excuses when students went to inquire about the scholarship amount.
“The management had allegedly filed an affidavit with the state welfare department that no fee was charged from students, therefore, the scholarship amount of over Rs 17 lakh be deposited in the college bank account. On the basis of the affidavit, the department paid college its scholarship amount,” Bagha said.
He added that “It was later found that the college took money from both the students and the government as well.”
He said that the complaint was also investigated by the higher education department, but the outcome was not clear.
“The complaint was looked into by Raj Singh, senior vice-chairman of the commission and Prabh Dyal, member of the SC Commission, which proved the bungling of scholarship funds,” he said.
The college management could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.