Rot Runs Deeper in MP

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A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team is in Bhopal to probe the Vyapam scam, following the Supreme Court directive. The central investigative agency will look into the alleged rigging in Pre-Medical Test (pmt) and corrupt practices involved in offering government jobs across Madhya Pradesh. However, the improprieties are not limited to Vyapam examinations alone. Some of the accused involved in the Vyapam scam have also had a role to play in corruption at various levels in other government institutes as well.

It seems that an unholy nexus reigns supreme in the state that looks after all the recruitments and postings in colleges, bypassing all the eligibility norms. Sources tell Tehelka that the education mafia includes state government officials, local goons and governor’s office staff.

Few professors working with reputed engineering colleges tell Tehelka that most of the recruitments in government colleges at Madhya Pradesh (both central as well as state government) have been challenged in various courts. They (education mafia) recruit their own people, in return for a hefty sum (bribe). This is the case with most of the government colleges in the state.

THE NEXUS

Ram Naresh Yadav, the governor of Madhya Pradesh, is an accused in the Vyapam scam. In addition to this, he has also made several appointments in Bhopal University which have come under scrutiny. For example, Piyush Trivedi’s tenure as the vice chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi Technical University, Bhopal, was extended on the recommendation of former higher education minister Laxmikant Sharma, another accused in the Vyapam Scam who is currently in jail.

Trivedi was appointed as the vice chancellor for the first time in 2009 by then governor Balram Jakhar. Sources inform that his appointment itself was under question since he had no formal background or training in engineering. “He is from a pharmaceutical background, which is a minor part of our university. Prior to him, all the vice chancellors had engineering background,” says a professor of the university requesting anonymity.

He further adds that Trivedi’s family members have stakes in Acropolis Institute of Technology in Bhopal, a private engineering college. Trivedi is the brother of Pankaj Trivedi, former Vyapam exam controller and one of the main accused in the scam who is currently in jail. Interestingly, the selection of Pankaj as the controller of Vyapam examination was also made on false grounds. He was an english professor and hence not eligible for the post, which requires technical expertise. He was the first person from non-engineering background to be selected for the post.

Meanwhile, another appointment made by Governor Ram Naresh Yadav was that of MD Tiwari, as the vice chancellor of Barkatullah University, commonly known as Bhopal University. Tiwari earlier served as the director of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad, where he was accused of corruption and giving undue benefits to his associates. He served two successive terms as the director of iiit-a. After the completion of his second term, the chancellor asked him to resign, but he refused. Ultimately, the Allahabad High Court intervened and asked him to step down.

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