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University in News: Failed bidder alleges scam in Nagpur University contract

NAGPUR: Disqualified bidder Logisys has alleged a mega scam in Nagpur University awarding the pre and post examination works contract to Promarc Software Pvt Ltd. It claimed a series of violations in technical criteria while awarding the contract. However, NU and Promarc have denied the allegations.

Rahul Mude, who claimed to be a representative of the Bengaluru-based Logisys, accused varsity officials of issuing a false experience certificate to Promarc. Addressing a press conference at Patrakar Bhavan on Tuesday, he said Promarc doesn't posses the requisite experience or documents to qualify as a bidder. He claimed that Promarc was set up only in 2012, as seen on the ministry of corporate affairs certification.

However, agreements signed by Nagpur University with Promarc reveal that the firm has been engaged in several exam related works since the last 11 years. NU had first entered into an agreement with Promarc, then a proprietorship firm, for LLB and BEd exam form entry and mark sheet work in 2005. In 2011, the company issued the first online mark sheet. In 2012, NU introduced tendering process for its examination works. The tender for the current contract were invited in July 2016. Besides Logisys and Promarc, Mindlogix Infratch Ltd was the third bidder.

"To qualify for the bidding process, we had to register Promarc as a private limited company. It was a proprietorship firm when we started taking up Nagpur University assignments. Later, Promarc DBL was taken over by Promarc Software Private Ltd. By virtue of the take over, all the experience and assets were transferred to the new company. Promarc DBL no longer exists," Mayuresh Katyayan, managing director of Promarc, told TOI.

Mude, however, claims that Promarc managed to bag the contract with the help of a false experience certificate issued by NU. He attached a copy of the experience letter with his complaint to the vice chancellor and registrar.

The experience certificate, issued by the NU controller of examination states, "Promarc has been doing examination work of this university from October 2005. The work of exam processing includes pre and post exam stages. Promarc processed more than 6 lakh students annually for the last five years."

Mude has based his allegations on a typographical error on the certificate and the duration of experience. The certificate is dated January 11, 2015, while January 11, 2016, has been noted with the CoE's signature. The certificate was issued by assistant registrar Navin Mungle, who was holding additional charge then.

"The error happened in copy pasting the letter head. Since Promarc has been associated with us since 2005, there was no need for any clarification. The selection of contractor was done through a transparent system involving the tendering committee. There hasn't been any violation of the terms and conditions," CoE Neeraj Khaty said, pointing out that the experience certificate is a valid document.

Mude also alleged that Promarc failed to attach service tax registration or VAT registration.

But, Katyayan said the company was engaged with public universities and thus got tax exemption. "We have submitted the company PAN, which is another option. On the other hand, Logisys submitted its owner's PAN, which disqualifies it," he countered.
This article is copied from : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Failed-bidder-alleges-scam-in-NU-contract/articleshow/55968626.cms


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