Audit

7 Punjab polytechnics wasted Rs 75 cr in 8 years

Part of amount spent on infra, faculty for unapproved courses

7 Punjab polytechnics wasted Rs 75 cr in 8 years

Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5

A whopping Rs 75.70 crore has been wasted by the Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training in Punjab for setting up unnecessary infrastructure and hiring teaching faculty for unapproved courses at seven new polytechnic colleges set up under the Central scheme “Coordinated Action for Skill Development”. 

Illogical spending

  • Rs1.4 cr spent by Department of Technical Education on infra for unapproved courses
  • Rs5.70 cr paid to lecturers hired for unapproved courses

Under scanner

  • Polytechnic colleges in Barnala | Faridkot | Fatehgarh Sahib | Kapurthala | Mansa | Muktsar and Nawanshahr violate AICTE norms

Putting the department under scanner, the office of the Punjab Accountant General in an audit of the expenditure incurred at the polytechnic colleges in Barnala, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Kapurthala, Mansa, Muktsar and Nawanshahr between 2012-2013 and 2019-2020 has exposed “injudicious infrastructure procurement and appointment of teaching faculty that was never required”.

Not only were the AICTE norms violated in constructing the polytechnics, unnecessary infrastructure was procured, lecturers were appointed and students were enrolled against unapproved courses. This resulted in admissions to approved courses dipping to 10 per cent of the targeted number.

The audit pointed out that due to the injudicious expenditure, 1,123 students of approved courses were imparted training without the required equipment and another 129 students were imparted training without the requisite faculty.

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