A Cabinet sub-committee headed by Kerala Law and Culture Minister A K Balan has unearthed large-scale irregularities in the decisions of the Education Department  including the sanctioning of colleges and aided schools during the previous Oommen Chandy government. 


 The sub-committee mandated to review controversial decisions of the previous government found that the Education Department flouted rules and regulations in granting permission to upgrade Arabic schools as arts and science colleges. It also found widespread corruption in the creation of new posts in these institutions. 


The committee also noticed irregularities in allotting of aided status for private colleges. As many as 12 colleges were awarded aided status on 10 February 2016, just months before the Assembly elections. Three colleges had been given the status earlier. 


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The Congress-led UDF government also flouted norms in allowing aided status to BUDS schools and special schools. It granted aided status to a school owned by the wife of M K Jayarajan, who headed the commission to assess the problems faced by mentally challenged people in the state. 


Education Department allotted one crore rupees for a college owned by PRDS. The government also violated rules for sanctioning colleges for PRDS, CSI and SNDP managements. The committee scrutinised 19 orders issued by the UDF government ahead of the elections.

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There was no dearth of controversies in the Education Department during the UDF government. With the findings of the sub-committee, former Education Minister PK Abdu Rabb of the Indian Union Muslim League also joins the league of former UDF ministers who are under the shadow of corruption.  Congress leaders including former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy his cabinet colleagues K Babu and KC Joseph are already under vigilance scanner.