And now it’s a Computer Scam in Engineering College

After the recruitment scam in government medical colleges, a computer scam has emerged from the newly opened Government Engineering College in Ramanagaram where a considerable chunk of the hardware in about 100 PCs has been found missing.

With a fresh batch of 240 students this year and about 800 already pursuing their education, the students don’t have a computer lab for practical classes.

The management, as a temporary measure, is planning to use the one at Ghousia Engineering College, which is about 8 km away from this college.

Stressful Situation

College Principal Hanumantha Nayak said that classes began three weeks ago, and the situation was stressful for the faculty too.

He said some computers had motherboards of other companies and even locally manufactured ones. DVD drives were replaced by CD drives in some PCs.

The systems were supplied by Acer in 2008, which had also supplied computers to other government engineering colleges where they were working properly, Dr. Nayak said.

Each system cost at least Rupee 48,000 as it is configured to suit the requirements of engineering students.MBA Question Bank CD

The empty shells of the machines have inter alia stickers displaying the configuration – Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.3 GH, 160 GB hard disk, 1 GB DDR2 RAM, Windows XP operating system and DVD read / write drives.

The college authorities now suspect that the two servers, which cost Rupee 5 lakh each, too are dummies.

They also wonder if the batteries and the UPS supplied along with the systems are indeed working.

A third semester computer science student said practical classes were conducted with only about 15 or 20 computers last year. These classes are of three hours’ duration every week.

A lab attendant told this reporter the practical exams were conducted by sourcing computers from elsewhere last semester.

H.U. Talawar, Director of Technical Education, said the Department has already submitted a preliminary inquiry report to the Government recommending disciplinary action against the former principal Sugumar.

Surprise Check

Dr. Talwar said, “We conducted a surprise inspection on 19th August, 2010 and found serious financial irregularities, including missing hardware parts, non-maintenance of stock and attendance registers and other serious lapses. The principal was immediately transferred and new one was appointed.”

Dr. Nayak said some new systems could be procured with the Rupee 20 lakh grant for this year and hoped that the Government would come to the rescue of the students.

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