Patiala, August 11
Punjab University has halted two master’s courses (MEd and MA) at 16 private colleges after the institutions were found flouting university laws with bogus professors, fake students and other violations. The university also discontinued the BEd course at three other colleges. All of these colleges have been instructed to complete the required criteria for hiring teachers, infrastructure and the like and submit a report within 6-8 weeks.
In May this year, the university had issued show cause notices to 16 private colleges affiliated with it regarding the hiring of unqualified staff, non-attendance of students, fictitious professors on campus, lower pay for teachers and poor infrastructure, among others.
The university teams had checked the premises as soon as they received the complaints and found fraud and infringements. The colleges had uploaded false and erroneous information about their students’ strength and faculty on the university’s website.
Sources said the university has been receiving related complaints for the past five years, but no action has been taken against these colleges.
Officials said some colleges held classes in buildings of other colleges, while a boys’ home was run from the building of one of the girls’ colleges. Moreover, the colleges operated with unqualified teachers.
In a letter to one of the colleges, the university pointed out that it had been repeatedly written about the disqualifications, but to no avail. Therefore, the university has decided to stop new admissions for MEd and MA courses at the college from the 2022-23 session.
Gurpreet Singh Lehal, Dean of College Development Council, University of Punjab, said: “We had sent notices regarding the violations to the colleges. Now, admission to BEd courses has been halted at three colleges. Similarly, 16 colleges have been ordered not to admit students to MA and MA courses. They were asked to file a report regarding the building’s infrastructure, the availability of the principal, teaching staff, lab arrangements and other shortcomings.
Were issued a show cause notice in May
- In May this year, the University of Punjab issued a show cause notice to 16 private colleges regarding the recruitment of unqualified staff, non-attendance of students, dummy teachers on campuses, lower payments to teachers and poor infrastructure.
- University teams checked colleges on receipt of complaints and found fraud and violations galore
- The colleges were found to have uploaded false and erroneous information about student strength and faculty on the university’s website.