MP online kiosks overcharge students for filling forms

There is no end to scams in Madhya Pradesh. Be small or big, students are always victims of the scams.

bhopal Updated: Nov 08, 2016 12:17 IST
Shruti Tomar, Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh,MP online kiosks,MP examination and recruitment applications
There are more than 15,000 kiosks in MP that help fill up examination forms, download roll numbers and provide related services. Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT photo(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

There is no end to scams in Madhya Pradesh. Be small or big, students are always victims of the scams.

Owners of MP online kiosks, set up by the government for accepting examination and recruitment applications, are found involved in malpractices like charging extra fees from students for filling the forms.

Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) has taken a note of the same and written to MP Online to take action in this regard.

There are more than 15,000 kiosks in the state to provide wide range of services, including filling examination form, downloading roll-numbers, e-result, counseling form, admission form and others.

The government has decided a charge `70 for scanning of documents, uploading photographs and printout. But a large number of students have lodged complaint that kiosks owners are charging `100-200 from a student.

MPPEB director Bhaskar Lakshakar said, “We had conducted feedback sessions in different parts of the state. During the session, a large number of students complained of this malpractice. Students also informed us that some kiosks owner mount pressure on them to give extra money. In absence of any other option, students were forced to give money.”

“We took the matter seriously and lodged a written complaint to chief executive officer of MP Online Limited and asked to cancel license of wrong doers.”

Earlier, Association of Technical and Professional Institutes raised doubt on reliability of kiosks. “Kiosks are developed to help students, especially those from rural areas, who can’t operate computers. But instead of helping them, kiosks owners have developed a nexus with some engineering colleges to increase the admission rate. Kiosk owners misled students by providing wrong information,” said association’s president JN Chauksey.

“During the counseling of technical education, kiosk owners asked students to fill the name of colleges with poor ranking in the choice filling,” he said.

As MP Online Limited’s CEO was transferred and nobody has taken charge yet. So, no one is available for comment on the issue.

First Published: Nov 08, 2016 12:17 IST