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RTI reveals mass bungling in Auqaf-run school, BEd college
6/26/2019 12:18:01 AM
Asif Iqbal Naik
Early Times Report
Kishtwar, June 25: After remaining in controversies, the 114-year-old renowned educational institution in the state of Jammu and Kashmir has once again landed in controversies as lakhs of rupees were embezzled by the school management and the B.Ed college run by the Auqaf Islamia Kishtwar.
As per the details available with "Early Times" the shocking revelations regarding the mass scale embezzlements in the school and B.Ed college has come to the fore through an RTI filed by one Sajjad Ahmed Najjar who is also a counsellor of Kishtwar municipality. He has also written a booklet titled "Kishtwar Ka Tareeqie Idhara Islamia Fareediya School aur Uske B.Ed college ka Karwa Sach (Reality of the Kishtwar's historic public institution viz Islamia school and B.Ed college)", highlighting corruption in the institution.
As per the revelations made in the booklet, more than Rs 30 lakhs were spent as imprest money to carry out various activities which were unaccounted while more than Rs. 3 lakhs were spent on purchase of chalks and papers in few years in B.Ed college.
The details further reveal that hundreds of casual students from remote areas of Kishtwar like Marwah, Warwan, Dachhan, Drabshala, Bhunzwah, Padder and others areas remain officially admitted in government schools, but instead are studying in private schools including Islamia School.
The information revealed by the RTI says that more than 200 casual students were found admitted in the school, but the monthly tuition fee and full admission fee collected from these students has never been deposited in the school account and at the same time this amount which runs into several lakhs was embezzled by the principal of the school before it became public after former administrator Tariq Hussain Dev inquired about the matter on the bases of the information from the police that one of the student was caught by the police while using drugs.
The practice was going on since last several years. Besides uniform scandal in school, teaching practice scandal in B.Ed college, identity card scandal, practical book scandal, travel expenses scandal have also rocked the B.Ed college.
Surprisingly the college administration and the school administration have availed the services of a chartered accountant to hide its misdeeds while the government-appointed chartered account never visited Kishtwar for conducting the audit.
The school management also use the services of some retired government officials to cover the embezzlement in the institution.
Speaking at a press conference, Sajjad Najjar said that he approached various forums including Majlies-e-Shora, an amalgam of various Muslim bodies with the request to inquire the matter and get the culprits punished. He said that they too miserably failed to act. He called upon the government and the Auqaf officials to order a probe into the matter and book the culprits.
Incumbent administrator Mushtaq Ahmed Qazi was not available for comments.
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