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Shimla, Mar 11
Opposition Congress Congress demanded CBI probe in the fake degree scams that occurred in the three private universities alleging that thousands of fake degrees are being sold to the state and students from outside spoiling their future. Member of Congress raised this issue during the cut motion and budgetary demand of education in the state assembly on Friday. Opposition Leader Mukesh Agnihotri said that three universities have sold 36000 fake degrees and UGC demanded action against them. Blaming the state government for shying away from launching a CBI probe into the fake degree scam Agnihotri said that UGC sought action against the three universities but Jai Ram Government is compromising the carrier of youth.
He also demanded a probe of IIIT Haroli anomalies for misuse of state government funds. The IIIT hired a building at Ropar at the rate of Rs 8 lakh per month which is not being used and similarly a private building is also hired in Una without having any merit. He said that a building of Skill development is lying vacant near the campus but instead buildings are being hired to provide benefits to some private individuals. He also demanded a probe into the backdoor recruitment in IIITs and ignoring the recruitment of local youth, he said that works of the canteen were handed over to a man hailed from Kerala. He said NIIT Hamirpur has remained in a similar controversy in the past and all the central institutes in the state should also be under the inspection of the state education department to avoid such anomalies in them.
Agnihotri said that a person belonging to Mandi who is identified as one Nihal, is not permitting the state government to purchase the Laptops for meritorious students to distribute for the last three years. He questioned the government who became so powerful that departments were bowing before him and Why. Agnihotri said that the State Government was indulged in misuse of department funds as money is spent on non-departmental projects pointing out that the government is going to build a Helipad at Saloh and many are being spent on the department properties.
Meanwhile, another senior MLA from Congress Asha Kumari (Dalhousie) said that today Education is ailing in the state, especially universities where recruitment of faculty members is done from back door entry bypassing norms. He said that the Education department in the primary section suffered during the Corona pandemic and now the decline in the quality of education is beyond repair. She argued that students who upgraded to higher classes could not distinguish between alphabets. Students and teachers suffer due to the dearth of information technology as many students who did not have smartphones suffered during online education. She said many schools do not have their buildings and the construction of new buildings is being hampered due to Forest clearance. She said that in many schools Science blocks could not be built and science classes are working without science blocks or labs.


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