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Ghaziabad college under probe for misusing scholarships for needy students, including those with disabilities

June 24, 2018

A massive scam that has deprived thousands of needy students, including those with disabilities, of scholarships has been exposed in Ghaziabad.

The college is the centre of a probe is Bhagwati Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), located off National Highway 24 in Masuri. It is a private college that is said to have obtained crores of scholarship funds from the government through fake accounts opened in the names of a few fake students.

The police have arrested Sanjeev Kumar, dean of admissions and Mohit, an official in the registrar's office of the institute.

According to the police, the admissions department of the college used to provide seats to fake students on the basis of fake marksheets, entrance exam scorecards, and college leaving certificates. The college then claimed government scholarships for the fake students under many categories. These included those set aside for people with disabilities and other needy groups.

The scholarships were obtained through fake bank accounts opened in the name of the fake students.

The scam was exposed after a police complaint was filed by a former college employee who had been fired without being paid a salary for the past six months.

The police have seized the seals of at least 94 different inter-colleges apart from 521 passbooks of Syndicate Bank and 10 passbooks of Canara Bank from the college premises. Apart from this, the police have also seized 116 fake admission files, 194 fake college leaving forms and 137 scholarship forms.

Police say that the seals of the inter-colleges were used to prepare college leaving certificates. The men involved also used to prepare CAT and MAT score cards on word files on the computer. Seats were allocated to ghost students on the basis of fake documents manufactured inside the college premises. Fake documents were also probably used to open bank accounts of the fake students.

The police are looking into the method by which scholarship money was taken out from the fake bank accounts of the fake students. The role of bank officials is also being probed.

Among those named in the FIR as accused is the college promoter, Rakesh Singhal, along with his sons.

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