Anomalies in private colleges: Punjabi University, Patiala, review of reports, role of selection committees: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Patiala, May 23

The University of Punjabi, Patiala has issued show cause notices to a number of its affiliated private colleges in the state such as anomalies in the recruitment of unqualified staff, non-attendance of students, teachers dummy and others. The university is now looking into the role of selection committees that have visited campuses for timely screening and auditing.

University authorities said: “The university is reviewing the reports and the role of the members of the selection committees, after which action will be taken against the colleges.”

Notably, university teams during their surprise visits found that all 16 colleges were flouting standards. Insiders said, “According to internal complaints and reports, some colleges do not have professors. They run the college with a director and a single employee. False names of individuals have been added to the list of faculty members. Also, students are allowed to be admitted, classes do not take place but officials help students to pass the exams. No one questions the process.

A senior campus administrative official informed, “Some colleges don’t even have a proper campus to conduct a particular course. But the officials show the same college building and the same classrooms to different teams who visit for inspection on different occasions, as these visits are carried out according to the protocol after informing the college officials.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Prof Arvind, said: ‘We have sent show cause notices to the colleges. We will take further action after receiving their response. Before we act, we want to look at the role and the information provided by the teams that went for the screening. So far, there is no evidence of collusion on the part of college officials and university visiting teams.

He said: ‘The surprise inspection was carried out due to the receipt of complaints against the colleges. We will continue our regular visits to other colleges and make surprise visits as needed. Insiders said the requirements for running BEd colleges are strict. “A number of colleges could face the music if found dishonest,” they said.

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