Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) today sealed the office of Standard Determination Division inside the premises of Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) for giving affiliation to five new nursing colleges, accusing officials of financial irregularities while giving affiliation.
A team of four CIAA officials under the leadership of Laxman Niraula, under secretary, CIAA, raided CTEVT for alleged irregularities during the affiliation process.
The 126th meeting of CTEVT held on December 19 had decided to give affiliation to five new colleges for 13 subjects to begin classes from the first year of affiliation.
Employees’ Associations had been stating that such a decision after colleges had already started classes for a few months had made the process doubtful and alleged some financial sharing between officials had to be involved in the decision making process.
The CIAA team had seized documents with records of the affiliation process. CTEVT had given affiliation to Morang, Biratnagar based Nobel Medical College for Proficiency Certificate level studies in Staff Nurse, Dental Science, Medical Lab Technology, Radiography and Diploma in Pharmacy from the current academic session.
Likewise, the College of Medical Sciences in Chitwan, Bharatpur had got affiliation for Proficiency Certificate level in Dental Science, Medical Lab Technology, Radiography and Kantipur Dental and Research Centre in Basundhara of Kathmandu had received affiliation for Proficiency Certificate level studies in Dental Science and Diploma in Pharmacy.
School of Medical Sciences in Chitwan, Bharatpur, was given affiliation for PCL studies in Medical Lab Technology and Radiography and Bharatpur Hospital was allowed to run nursing classes.
CTEVT employees association had been alleging that officials were taking around Rs 2.5 million to Rs 3.5 million from colleges while giving affiliation.
Niraula said they had raided CTEVT on the basis of complaints of financial irregularities.
He said they collected the necessary documents and would speak more after thorough investigation.
Meanwhile, according to an employee in CTEVT, earlier J B Tandon, member secretary had said that the documents CIAA officials had asked for were not in the office but at his residence. It took an hour’s search before CTEVT officials were able to find the minutes of the meeting held on December 19.
Stating there were irregularities in CTEVT and that the decision of December 19 was illegal, three different employees’ associations had padlocked the office of Vice Chairman Gopal Khanal, Member Secretary JB Tandon and the Affiliation Division and Standard Determination Division.
CIAA officials today broke the lock at the office of the member secretary and Standard Determination Division and seized the necessary documents. Employees’ associations had also filed a complaint at CIAA against the misuse of authority and irregularities in CTEVT.