Tribune press service

Patiala, May 9

Punjab University has issued a show cause notice to 16 affiliated private colleges in the state for allegedly providing false information.

After receiving multiple complaints about hiring unqualified staff, no students, fictitious professors on campus, underpaid teachers and poor infrastructure, university teams raided colleges and found flagrant violations.

asked for an answer

We issued show cause notices. We will form a panel to work out a mechanism to impose sanctions. Prof. Arvind, VC of Punjabi University

On Monday, university authorities said student and faculty information from all affiliated colleges had been uploaded to its official website, but those institutions had provided false data. The list includes the colleges of Patiala, Sangrur and Bathinda, among other districts.

Meanwhile, Gurpreet Singh Lehal, Dean of the College Development Council, said: “We have received complaints against these colleges. Therefore, the university formed five teams which visited the 16 colleges unannounced. We found that most of the teachers listed in the database by these colleges were absent. Some colleges functioned without any students or with a few of them. The principal as well as the majority of the staff listed were also found missing. Most of the classrooms were locked and it looked like no class had taken place in a long time.

He said teams found that one of the colleges held classes at another facility, while a boys’ home was run from a girls’ college building. “We had received complaints of fictitious admissions. According to the complaints, colleges used to collect fees from BEd students (Rs 40,000 per year), but they did not attend classes. Also, students were helped to cheat and pass exams by college professors,” Lehal said.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Arvind, however, said: ‘No college should be doing mock admissions. It is our duty to ensure quality work according to standards.

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