West Bengal Class 12 topper Archisman Panigrahi is in a unique predicament, his name tops the Jadavpur University merit list in four subjects without him ever applying to the varsity.
“I never applied to Jadavpur University but I came to know through a friend that my name figured in the top in the merit list for physics, chemistry, geology and mathematics. The marks and birthdate were not mine,” the student said.
He said he has informed the varsity authorities.
“I have written to the dean highlighting that I had not applied and I can see my name on the top,” he said.
According to varsity vice chancellor Suranjan Das the matter will be taken up with the cyber crime department of the police.
New Delhi The University Grants Commission (UGC) has urged all public universities and the colleges under them to apply for aid from the Atal Incubation Centre (AIC), an innovation funding scheme formulated by the Niti Aayog last year.
In a letter issued on Wednesday, the central funding agency for the universities asked the latter to “encourage the academic fraternity of your esteemed University and your affiliated colleges” by applying to the scheme, which provides for a grant-in-aid of up to Rs 10 crore for a maximum period of five years.
“The AlCs would nurture innovative start-up businesses in their pursuit to become scalable and suitable enterprises to support enterprises in nationally relevant sectors such as manufacturing, transport, energy, health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation,” the UGC letter read.
This is the second such call made by the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog for applications.
In the first call made last year, the Aayog had elicited a total of 3,658 applications — including from institutions in government and private sector, and academic and non-academic ventures — from across the country.
Out of this, ten applicants were selected for the aid.
The AIC is a scheme under Atal Innovation Mission, conceived to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
The last date to apply for aid under AIC is July 31.