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Jammu & Kashmir: 2 held in elementary teacher training racket

Lured through touts, students paid between Rs 45,000 and Rs 80,000 per year for the two-year course to get degrees and certificates from the institutes.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu |
July 12, 2015 4:04:17 am

The Crime Branch has unearthed a multi-crore racket involving the management of various Elementary Teacher Training (ETT) Institutes and officials of the Jammu & Kashmir State Board of School Education, where degrees were being issued without holding classes.

An official said Munish Suri, promoter and sole trustee of Calliope ETT College, Kathua, and Sudarshan Kumar Gupta, chairman of the Vivekanand Institute of Education, Training and Research, Lakhanpur have been arrested so far. While the former is a resident of Gandhi Nagar area in Jammu, the latter hailed from Kathua. More arrests are likely, the official said.

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Referring to glaring discrepancies during a visit by Crime Branch officials to all ETT institutes, a spokesperson said that infrastructure in a number of institutes was non-existent. State Board of School Education had started the ETT course without framing any rules, regulations and norms for the establishment of these institutes and had even allowed some promoters to start operations illegally, he said.

In connivance with state education board authorities, one of the accused illegally enrolled 651 students, while the other enrolled 483 students for the 2003-05 session, he added.

Lured through touts, students paid between Rs 45,000 and Rs 80,000 per year for the two-year course to get degrees and certificates from the institutes.

Even though they did not fulfill the basic standards laid down by the National Council for Teachers Education, these institutions were allowed to run ETT courses with the issuance of No Objection Certificates (NOC) by the state government. Education board officials, who are supposed to conduct periodic inspections for academic purposes, also issued NOCs.

The Crime Branch began investigation into the matter when the State Board of School Education Joint Secretary, after conducting an enquiry in 2013, said a multi-crore racket involving the issuance of ETT certificates was being run in the state.

Complaining of all sorts of malpractices by the people involved, he had pointed out that neither registration of candidates was being done in time nor had the classes started.

Even hostel facilities were not given to candidates coming from far off areas across the country, he alleged.

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