Rishikesh-Purnanand Degree College sued in a scholarship scam

The SIT constituted on the orders of the High Court, has arrested a case of irregularities in post-SC, ST, OBC scholarships at Purnanand Degree College, Munikireti. In the investigation, embezzlement of about 14, 88, 500 has been confirmed by the college in connivance with the District Social Welfare Department. In this regard, the investigating officer Ashish Kumar has filed a case against the college in the police station Munikireti.

In the report lodged at the police station, it is said that information is being collected by them from 32 educational institutions and colleges allotted at the district level. On this, the records of the Purnanand Degree College Teaching Institute located at Kailash Gate Munikireti were obtained.

The list of scholarships issued by the District Social Welfare Department in relation to this educational institution was matched. The investigation found that post-graduate scholarship has been given to students of educational institutions in the year 2014-15. After matching the records received, several shortcomings and irregularities have come to light.

According to the report, this Degree college has been in operation since 2012. District Social Welfare Department gave scholarships here in 2014-15. This year, 53 scheduled caste students had applied to receive the said amount. In this, the department gave scholarships to 47 students at the rate of Rs 33 thousand per student, while only 25 students were distributed scholarships from Degree College.

According to the investigating officer, after examining the records of the degree college, it was found out that these 25 students who received scholarships were admitted to the BSC class only in 2014-15. After the scholarship, they left the school without taking the exam. The address and mobile number of these students are not clearly mentioned in the school records.

The investigating officer said that the accounts of these students were opened in Urban Almora Co-operative Bank. The bank said that a scholarship of Rs 33 thousand was brought to the bank account of all the 25 students. On which Swami Purnanand College of Technical Education also wrote a letter to the bank about sending students a sum of Rs.30,000 in their accounts to RTGS in Canara Bank Rishikesh. At the same time, the withdrawal of 2500 rupees has been demonstrated by the students themselves.

According to the SIT member, out of the 47 students whose list was provided by the Social Welfare Office, the names of nine students were not found in the college list. The college has shown the allocation of scholarships to only 25 students in its list.

When both the lists were matched, the names of 13 students were found listed in the list. Whether or not the scholarship was distributed to them is not yet clear. For this, the SIT has said in a report of a thorough investigation. Inspector RK Saklani, in-charge of Munikireti police station said that a case has been registered on the related report of SIT member and sub-inspector Ashish Kumar.

Narendra Panwar admitted 25 students

The investigation by the SIT about the irregularities in scholarship at Purnanand Degree College has also revealed that 25 students who got scholarship were enrolled in this degree college by Narendra Panwar Rishikesh resident. According to the investigating officer, most scholarship applications have been found to have the mobile number of a person named Narendra. During the investigation, this mobile number switch was found off. It was also found that in the account opening form the same handwriting had filled all the students’ forms who received the scholarship.

Director of Education RK Kunwar says that the new education policy provides for the provision of pre-primary classes, but currently, it is not available. The appointment of former primary teachers can be considered if the provisions of the proposed new education policy of the central government come into force.

On the other hand, the Anganwadi workers are being given pre-nursery training in Anganwadi centers on behalf of the Education Department. This work is being done through DIET in districts. The training course has been prepared by SCERT.

However, it is possible to train only about 300 Anganwadi workers throughout the year. There are 33582 workers and assistants in about 20 thousand Anganwadi and Mini Anganwadi centers of the state.

It is bound to take time to train all these workers. Mukul Kumar Sati, Additional State Project Director of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, says that under the proposal of the Department of Child Development, pre-nursery training is being provided to Anganwadi workers.

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