Himachal Pradesh High Court orders probe into fake educational institutes

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The Himachal Pradesh High Court directed police and CBI to inquire into cases in which private educational institutes had fraudulently obtained NOC from statutory bodies like NCTE and AICTE. Court was passing the order on a petition by V P Ahluwalia, retired Principal of Government Post Graduate College in Dhaliara, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Sanjay Karol directed that the report should be submitted to the court within three months.

Ahluwalia had alleged that Dhaliara-based Thakur College of Education had used fake documents to get recognition for educational courses from the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) and Himachal Pradesh University. The CBI had registered a case on his complaint that Ajit Singh Rana, the then NCTE Regional Director, Jaipur had abused his official position to grant recognition to the college for additional intake of 100 seats for B Ed and 25 seats for M Ed courses. The CBI brought to the notice of the court that several institutions, which have obtained NOC from NCTE did not even have proper buildings. At this, the Court directed the probe agency to conduct inquiry into all such institutions and take appropriate action without waiting for the court permission.