Scholarship scam: Scrutiny increased | Mumbai News

THANE: The district education department has now stepped up vigil among its staff to sift fake beneficiaries off the national scholarship portal after identities of hundreds of fictitious student from the minority community were found registered on the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) database last week.
The wary department not only verifies identity of students by calling up the respective schools but also seeks undertaking from them about the numbers referred for the scholarships in a bid to safeguard the funds from being misused.
“We are calling schools to ascertain the students’ identity and also asking them to send an undertaking about the same to avoid any fake names being sent for scholarships. We have also asked officials across talukas to keep strict vigil while approving the names,” said Chhaya Paradke, extension officer at the Thane zilla parishad.
As many as 1,600 fictitious names including some from private, TMC and even zilla parishad schools were found registered last week on the UDISE portal based on which scholarships to the tune of Rs 1,000-10,000 per student from the minority communities are allotted and disbursed.
Officials said the irregularity was spotted in few city schools but feared to be spread across the state or nation and be worth multiple crores of rupees.

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