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Status quo on aided colleges

- Govt not to intervene in internal matters

Patna, Feb. 26: The education department has refused to intervene in the “internal matters” of affiliated colleges and schools that get government grant.

Responding to a question raised by Chandrashekhar of the RJD on Tuesday, education minister P.K. Shahi conceded that he had received complaints of teachers of affiliated colleges against misutilisation of funds by the managing committee and principals of the institutions.

“When we introduced the performance-based grant for non-aided affiliated colleges in 2009, we made it clear to the colleges that the grant is to be used for payment of salaries of teachers and non-teaching employees of the institutions,” the minister said.

He, however, added that the government does not want to intervene in the “internal matters of the affiliated colleges”.

The RJD MLA had suggested that instead of the grant going in the account of the managing committee of the colleges, it should be sent to the accounts of teachers and non-teaching employees of the institutions.

Leader of Opposition Abdul Bari Siddiqui said he had written several letters to the minister on this issue.

“There are cases where the teacher is being paid Rs 400 per month and the peon Rs 2,000 per month,” Siddiqui said, stressing that the weakness of the government policy should be removed. However, the minister remained steady to his stand on not interfering in the matter.

Education boost

Only two per cent of children in the age group of 6-14 years were still out of schools in Bihar and efforts were on to enrol them by the next academic session, Shahi said on Tuesday.

“Through sustained special drives, most of the children in the age group of 6-14, for whom the Right to Education Act of 2009 is meant, were now attending schools in Bihar,” Shahi said in reply to a question of JD(U) MLA Poonam Devi Yadav in the Assembly.