Agra: Bhim Rao Ambedkar university produce fake results of 8,000 students

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A Special Investigative Team (SIT), set up specially to identify the fake degrees being issued at the university, has indicated that this racket has been running for almost a decade and over 100 degrees have been issued to relatives of university employees who did not even study in the university.

In a scam whose magnitude and timespan is yet to be ascertained, thousands of fake degrees were distributed by the Dr. BR Ambedkar University, Agra during the past decade. The university holds the distinction of having several national, political and social personalities of India as its students and the Union Minister of State for HRD Ram Shankar Katheriya is a professor in this university.

A Special Investigative Team (SIT), set up specially to identify the fake degrees being issued at the university, has indicated that this racket has been running for almost a decade and over 100 degrees have been issued to relatives of university employees who did not even study in the university.

According to the university registrar KN Singh, the timespan of this scam is still a mystery. He said that since the number of degrees awarded every year by the university is so large, it was not possible to verify each and every degree awarded in the past decade, but sample checking has revealed that university employees were complicit in this scam which could encompass thousands of degrees.

Singh said that over 50 per cent of the fake degree holders are now working on government jobs, many of them in the education sector. Most of fake degrees identified belong to relatives of university employees and the paper trail of these degrees was so thorough that they even were entered in the confidential register which made it very difficult to isolate such cases through perfunctory checking.

A University source indicated that the majority of such degrees were awarded between 2007 – 2010, during the tenures of Prof. Avtar Singh Kukla and D N Jauhar, both of whose tenures were full with upheaval in the university. Kukla’s services had to be terminated by the Governor of UP for charges of corruption and a bevy of criminal cases filed against him. D N Jauhar was seen as a largely ineffective Vice-Chancellor and the maximum identified fake degree cases are from his tenure.

Social activist Deep Sharma said that it was not a surprise that this racket was running since decades in the University. In fact, it was known in the city that you could even get a doctorate at this university if you were willing to pay the right price. Earlier too cases of fake degrees had been found here, but this is the first time when such a huge number of fake degrees have been identified. He demanded that the Union MoS for HRD Ram Shankar Katheriya should personally take responsibility of revealing this scam and making sure that the climate of the university is made completely inhospitable for such rackets to function.

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