353 erring junior colleges default on Rs 35-lakh fine,state board yet to act

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is yet to recover over Rs 35 lakh of the Rs 64.35-lakh fine from junior colleges

Written by PRASAD JOSHI | Pune | Published: September 21, 2013 4:37 am

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is yet to recover over Rs 35 lakh of the Rs 64.35-lakh fine from junior colleges found guilty of admitting ineligible students to science stream.

A total of 1,287 class XII students of science stream in Aurangabad division of the state board were found to have been admitted by 353 junior colleges despite the fact the students had not secured the minimum 40 per cent marks in class X science paper.

But since the discrepancy was found almost a year and a half after the students were admitted,they were allowed to appear for the examination as a special case.

The state board also brought down the minimum marks to 35 per cent from 40 per cent for this purpose.

However,as a disciplinary action,the state board had imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 per candidate,which added up to Rs 65.35 lakh,to be paid by the concerned colleges. But only Rs 28.66 lakh has been recovered so far. Even after six months,139 colleges have not paid the fine.

Prakash Pathare,Aurangabad divisional secretary of MSBSHSE,said efforts are on the recover the remaining fine amount.

“While some colleges have immediately acted as per our order,139 colleges are reluctant. We will ensure these colleges submit the dues with them shortly,” he said.

MSBSHSE secretary Krishna Kumar Patil said Aurangabad division was responsible for recovering the fine amount from guilty colleges.

“It was a policy decision to impose fine on guilty colleges,which was communicated to Aurangabad division. The onus of recovering the dues lies with divisional office only,” he said.

Education activist Matin Mujawar said the state board was under pressure from educational barons. “It is strange how state board’s orders are openly being defied by junior colleges and educational authorities are hesitate to take any further action,” he said.

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