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HRD orders probe against top official of Navodaya

‘Advertised pvt institute to students,got principals to buy lab equipment from firm’

Written by Anubhuti Vishnoi | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2012 12:57:58 am

The HRD Ministry has initiated an inquiry against Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) Joint Commissioner (Academic) T C S Naidu who has been accused of several irregularities. Charges against Naidu range from advertising a privately-owned institute to students using the official Navodaya system and pushing NV principals to purchase laboratory equipment from a particular firm.

The action follows the chief vigilance officer’s report establishing “misconduct” on part of Naidu. The NVS had earlier shot off a show-cause notice to him and his response had been termed “not satisfactory”. Naidu confirmed that an inquiry had been initiated against him.

The Indian Express had earlier reported that Naidu had written to principals of 550-odd Navodaya schools advertising a new and little-known private educational institute operating out of Dehradun — SelaQui Academy of Higher Education. He had asked all principals to tell recent Class XII passouts as well as students of Class XI about the academy.

Hardselling the institute,an unusually worded official NVS circular even pointed out that “only highly qualified and competent faculty drawn from best of the institutions like IITs/IIMs are working in Technology and Management Departments”,besides highlighting its “good infrastructure”.

Taking cognisance of this “advertisement”,the ministry has noted the “gravity of misconduct” on part of Naidu,calling for a major penalty and regular departmental action,albeit without suspension.

Naidu had also issued certain letters and circulars to deputy commissioners,principals and other authorities at NVs suggesting procurement of laboratory equipment and other items for their schools through an Ambala-based firm — Oslaw Industries Products Pvt Ltd.

Naidu is learnt to have ignored the regular tender procedure in the case,which was in any way outside his jurisdiction. Naidu even issued two letters this year emphasising that principals should take appropriate action towards purchasing certain lab equipment on or before March 12,2012.

He had also pushed them to purchase CDs for Class X mathematics and Vedic mathematics at certain prices,the vigilance inquiry has revealed.

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