S. Vijay Kumar

Many relate to collection of exorbitant fees, lack of infrastructure

Complaints could be lodged through ‘ www.cbi.gov.in

CHENNAI: The Central Bureau of Investigation is probing specific complaints of inadequate infrastructure and manpower in many private engineering colleges across Tamil Nadu.

According to a CBI official, hours after the agency conducted simultaneous raids in four engineering colleges and registered cases against former Advisors of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and college trustees, complaints in the form of email and short messaging service (SMS) started pouring in.

“Most of the complaints pointed to collection of exorbitant capitation fee by some colleges that lacked infrastructure such as well-equipped laboratory and library. In a few colleges, we have received information that there is a dearth of qualified faculty. We intend to collect documentary evidence in this regard,” the official said.

He said complaints could be lodged through the official website ‘ www.cbi.gov.in,’ where a link was provided on the home page. “Most of the complaints pertained to colleges that obtained AICTE approval/recognition after 2005. Though collection of capitation fee is beyond the purview of our investigation, complaints about infrastructure or manpower not conforming to the standards set by the AICTE have to be enquired into,” he said.

Colleges that were not recommended for approval/recognition by the expert committee (appointed by the AICTE) after inspection subsequently managed to obtain the same allegedly by misuse of power (by some AICTE officials) and resorting to corruption. “There is a provision for the college management to appeal against the recommendations of the expert committee by furnishing documentary evidence substantiating their stand. The appellate committee of the AIACTE will take a final decision. We will scrutinise the contents of such appeals, the stand of the expert committee and the grounds on which the final decision was made,” the official said.

The assistance of the Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, Chennai, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, would be sought in the process of the investigation, a CBI source added.

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