7 Punjab polytechnics wasted Rs75 cr in eight yrs

Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5

A whopping Rs 75.70 crore has been wasted by the Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training in Punjab for organising pointless infrastructure and hiring educating school for unapproved programs at seven new polytechnic schools arrange below the Central scheme “Coordinated Action for Skill Development”. 

Illogical spending

  • Rs1.four cr spent by Department of Technical Education on infra for unapproved programs
  • Rs5.70 cr paid to lecturers employed for unapproved programs

Under scanner

  • Polytechnic schools in Barnala | Faridkot | Fatehgarh Sahib | Kapurthala | Mansa | Muktsar and Nawanshahr violate AICTE norms

Putting the division below scanner, the workplace of the Punjab Accountant General in an audit of the expenditure incurred on the polytechnic schools in Barnala, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Kapurthala, Mansa, Muktsar and Nawanshahr between 2012-2013 and 2019-2020 has uncovered “injudicious infrastructure procurement and appointment of teaching faculty that was never required”.

Not solely had been the AICTE norms violated in setting up the polytechnics, pointless infrastructure was procured, lecturers had been appointed and college students had been enrolled towards unapproved programs. This resulted in admissions to accredited programs dipping to 10 per cent of the focused quantity.

The audit identified that because of the injudicious expenditure, 1,123 college students of accredited programs had been imparted coaching with out the required gear and one other 129 college students had been imparted coaching with out the requisite school.

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