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Bihar merit scandal: BSEB suspends affiliation of 52 schools, colleges

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PATNA: Authorities in Bihar have suspended the affiliation of 52 schools and colleges for failing to fulfill the basic criteria.

All these institutions were granted affiliation by former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad now in jail in connection with the class 12 merit scandal. Prasad is believed to have granted affiliation to as many as 213 schools and colleges.

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The suspension of their affiliation comes in the light of investigation which proved all of them were granted affiliation in utter violation of set norms.

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The inquiry centered around three issues: their infrastructure, number of teachers and other affiliation parameters.

“Authorities of the schools and colleges have been served so-cause notice asking them why action not be taken against them. They have 15 days to reply,” BSEB chairman Anand Kishore was quoted as saying in the Hindustan Times today.

According to Kishore, around 180 colleges out of total 213 were investigated, of which reports on 90 have come.

“Of the 90, 52 were found in serious violation of norms,” Kishore told the HT.

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