Rs 20-crore SC scholarship scam unearthed in Punjab

Sep 2015 Source: MOTACHASHMA

A scam of Rs. 20 crore has been witnessed by the Punjab Government under the Post Matric Scholarship scheme for the academic session 2014-15 which is offered by the Punjab Welfare Department. Just to extract money from the government in the name sake of scholarship, many institutions across the state who impart technical education allegedly made dummy admissions during the session.

How the issue came into limelight?

Two technical colleges located in the Indian State Of Punjab submitted the list to the Punjab Welfare Department in which 1700 Scheduled Caste students were shown enrolled at these two colleges simultaneously. The issue came into the limelight as and when the names of the beneficiaries were linked with their Aadhar Numbers. Out of the total 1700 students 966 were listed as beneficiaries both under the minority quota and the Welfare Department scheme.

Orders issued by the Punjab State Government 

After coming across the scam, the Punjab State Government has ordered to verify the record of several other private and government colleges.

What the private institutions are doing?

To overcome any action on the part of the Government, Private Institutions tried to act smart by allegedly showing that 6000 students are drop-outs even as 80 per cent of their scholarship amount around 10 crore had already been released.

Students are at the same time enrolled in three colleges

Another surprising thing is that there are around 27 students who have been shown enrolled at three different colleges during the same academic session. For Instance, Kuldeep Singh was shown enrolled at Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Fazilka, for BA-I; at Abohar Polytechnic College for a technical course and at Baba Deep Singh Polytechnic college, Muktsar, for a computer course

All in all 1,674 students were shown “admitted” to two colleges simultaneously. For instance, Varinder Singh was shown enrolled at Guru Hargobind Polytechnic, Bathinda, besides pursuing another course at Abhishek Polytechnic in Fazilka.

Besides they have been shown enrolled in two or three colleges at the same time, private colleges showed them as drop-outs when the 80 per cent of their scholarship amount had already been claimed.

How can a child appear in two examination centres on the same day and same time?

Another astonishing fact is that in Bathinda district, 20 students allegedly appeared at two examination centres on the same day and same time.

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