Published On : Thu, Apr 4th, 2013
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Land Grab : Engineering college converted into school in Nagpur flouting major norms

Nagpur News: In a blatant violation of norms, a private educational institute near Wardha road in Nagpur has been illegally set up on the government land allegedly grabbed by tweaking the rules. A private organization Semana Vidya and Vanvikas Prashikshan, reportedly run by a former state minister, had first crossed AICTE norms to get the engineering college sanctioned and later got the same plan presented for opening up school in its place.

The allegations to this respect have been made by NMC corporator of Muslim League Aslam Rashid Khan reportedly brought the matter to the notice of Chief Minister who further directed Aslam Khan to appear at his office with relevant documents on April 6.

Aslam Khan claimed that the concerned officials have even informed him of the probe being initiated on the basis of the complaint he made to AICTE. He had also made similar complaint to the state’s Governor.

Aslam Khan has alleged in his memorandum that the concerned department of state government has sanctioned 10 hectare R land near to Semana Vidya and Vanvikas Prashikshan Mandal in mouja Dhuti near Wardha road in Nagpur. A series of irregularities were committed in the land deal. The department had sold the land to the organization at the market price that existed five years back from the date of deal.

The organization misappropriated its position and high level reach to get the permission for opening up engineering college. Under such a situation when most of the engineering colleges on the city outskirts are struggling to get the admission, the organization managed to get the government land at throw away price. The organization has also encroached upon the land next to sanctioned land. The land falls under Nagpur Improvement Trust but the construction was carried out without its approval.

Four floors instead of one

Aslam Khan added that as per the prescribed criteria, only single floor building can be erected but it went on to construct up to four floors. At the time of land transfer, the area was flourished with flora and fauna along with rich mineral deposits.

The trees were illegally fallen causing a great deal of loss to the exchequer and environment as well, he alleged.

Students, teachers too distressed

Even the students at the college were deprived of the facilities termed as compulsory under AICTE rules. The teaching staff too was reportedly distressed with the whims of this organization. The teachers have also complained their woes to the concerned department but no action has been initiated till date.

School replaced college

Later when the engineering college failed to pull through, the concerned organization let out the place to run Allons World School – a well known school in Chhattisgarh. The new director then forged the building measurements to submit it to AICTE. The letter of allotment issued to the Semna organization clearly prohibits transfer of land for personal use and for other monetary gains than the college.

Taking strong cognizance of Aslam Khan allegations, AICTE has initiated probe and informed the same to him whereas he has also been called to appear before CM to present documentary proofs in support of his allegations on April 6.

On the other hand, the organization has also sent notice to Aslam who promptly replied to them. No word yet came from the organization.

Nagpur Today tried to contact the organization authorities but it remained beyond reach.