6 November 2009
New Delhi: CBI has booked a senior UGC official for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 15 lakh from an educational trust for giving clearance to an engineering college during her tenure in All India Council for Technical Education, the apex body to standardise technical eduction in the country.
The CBI carried out searches at the office and residence of Manju Singh, presently a joint Secretary in UGC, and offices and residences of Chairman of Kollengode Educational Trust in Bangalore and Palakkad in Kerala last evening. According to the CBI, Singh, who was the then Regional Director AICTE, South West Regional Office, Bangalore had allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with the educational trust seeking accreditation for an engineering institute.
During the period (December 2008 to June 2009), the Director of a private Institute of Science and Technology, without having the required facilities for starting an engineering college as per the AICTE Norms and Standards, submitted a proposal on December 26, 2008 to her for starting the College at Attayampathy in Palakkad. Singh vide her letter of January 12, 2009 informed the private institute about the shortcomings in the proposal as per the AICTE Norms and Standards, the CBI said.
The investigating agency alleged that later the two entered into a criminal conspiracy under which the director of the private institute, without rectifying the deficiencies and without having the required facilities, managed to obtain a letter of approval from the AICTE, New Delhi for starting the new engineering college.