New Delhi: The ministry for human resource development, which oversees education, on Wednesday put R.A. Yadav, chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the regulatory body for higher education in India, under suspension.
The ministry, headed by Kapil Sibal, ordered the suspension a fortnight after the Central Bureau of Investigation, the country’s main investigating agency, filed corruption charges against Yadav and three other senior officials for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs5 lakh.
Bribery charges: Suspended AICTE chairman R.A. Yadav. Ramesh Pathania / Mint
“Prof. Yadav has been placed under suspension today (Wednesday) so that there is no possibility of investigation being influenced by his continuation in office,’’ a ministry statement said.
Three other AICTE officials under investigation — H.C. Rai, adviser;' Om Dalal, assistant director; and Rabinder Randhawa, deputy director — have been sent back to their parent cadres and relieved from service. Vice-chairman S.S. Mantha will function as chairman of AICTE until a new appointment is announced.
Mint wasn’t able to reach Yadav or AICTE officials.
In a separate development, the government will make it mandatory for the agency to display information online about progress in processing the applications of institutes for approval or accreditation.
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Under the e-governance project, any institute can get information on the Internet about the status of its applications pertaining to approval for new courses, increasing the intake of students to existing programmes or accreditation.
“The purpose is to bring transparency in the system. By this e-governance system, every institute will be able to track the progress of their applications online. They need not come to AICTE office. This will help reduce corruption,” a person familiar with the development said. The person didn’t want to be identified.
(PTI contributed to this story.)