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Bedi at it again, this time against dubious institutes

| | Chennai | in Sunday Pioneer

Students desiring to join professional vocational courses being held in the Union Territory of Puducherry have been asked to be cautious about the institutions they intend to join and the course for which they enrol. This is following the findings by the cell attached to the Lieutenant-Governor’s secretariat that there are many unrecognised institutes in the Union Territory dubious courses.

Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi, who is the bête noire of Chief Minister V Narayanasamy sprang a surprise on Friday by proving that some of the educational institutions in the Union Territory are offering fake and unrecognised certificates in professional courses to gullible students.

Following complaints made by students who studied hotel management in a private institute, which issued them  unrecognised certificates, Bedi ordered a probe through the grievance cell attached to the Lieutenant Governor’s secretariat.

The inquiry brought out startling information much to the shock of the students and parents. The hotel management  institute conducting the course was not registerd as an educational institution but  had obtained registration as shop/establishment, said a release by Puducherry Raj Niwas.

“It did not have registration or affiliation with National Council for Vocational Training or State Council for Vocational Training or All India Council for Technical education or the Tamil Nadu Technical Education. It was issuing vocational certificates affiliated to Bharat Sevak Samaj, New Delhi and Centre for Technical and Vocational Development  Science  of Tamil Nadu. The validity and accreditation of these instititions are questionable,” said the release. Bedi has instructed the authorities concerned to evolve a Standard Operating Procedure for running such vocational training institute and has also asked the police to register cases against the institute.

The lieutenant governor also issued orders to the departments of labour and education, the nodal agencies entrusted with the running of such courses to create an awareness programme all over the Union territory to brief the students and parents about recognised institutes and  vocational courses.




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