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Pharmacy colleges under scanner, DC orders probe

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 30

The Deputy Commissioner today ordered a magisterial inquiry into allegations of some private pharmacy colleges in the Lehra sub-division charging "special fee" to "help" students during exams and complete their attendance.

The inquiry was ordered after a video surfaced wherein some students are purportedly heard saying they appear only in exams. Another group of students claims college authorities help them during exams.

In the video, a relative of one of the students is heard saying: "Everything is happening while sitting at home. But when money does not work, students have to go to the college for exams."

Another student, donning a mask, claims: "Though my college authorities had sought Rs 2.50 lakh for the D pharmacy course, they later took more money to help me during the exams."

Residents have expressed surprise at the working of the colleges and demanded a thorough investigation. "When students are not attending classes, how can college authorities complete their attendance? It is worrying that the state government has failed to fulfill its duty," says a resident.

"Bright students are at a disadvantage as students of such colleges get by using unfair means. The government must look into matter," says a student of a local pharmacy college.

DC Ramvir confirmed he had ordered a magisterial inquiry and directed the ADC General to hold a thorough investigation.

"In the video, students can be heard talking about getting help during exams and visiting the college only to appear in tests. We need a thorough probe. Culprits will not be spared," he adds.

from The Tribune

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