Fraud over new courses at NIST alleged

Berhampur: The alleged fraud over introduction of two new courses at National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) here has been exposed after the controversial AICTE approval letter which was produced before the High Court by NIST was handed over to this channel.
According to report, the NIST authorities produced a fabricated letter before the High Court much before it got the original letter from AICTE.
Acting on the letter which reportedly mentioned sanction of 60 seats in Mechanical and Electrical trade, the High Court on July 5, 2012 directed the college authorities to take admission in two disciplines through OJEE counseling.
Later, on 18 September, 2012, AICTE clarified through a letter that NIST had not been permitted to increase 60 seats in each discipline. Basing on the information the letter revealed, State Technical Education and Training department and Odisha JEE wrote to AICTE seeking clarification following which AICTE apprised the concerned secretary that NIST had not been granted more seats.
The secretary of Technical Education and Training department lodged complaint at Crime Branch ADG requesting him to register case against the erring educational institute.
“We have registered a case against such allegation and started investigation. This is sensitive as the AICTE approval letter has been fabricated. We will take up the case seriously,” BK Sharma, ADG (Crime Branch), said.
On the other hand the clarification given by the NIST director has drawn controversy. “The AICTE has confirmed through its letter that the institute has obtained Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. The same document was produced in honorable High Court,” Sangram Muduli, NIST director, said over phone.