Tuesday, June 11, 2013

PhD racket prompts massive clean-up op : Teachers with fake degrees face criminal proceedings

Mumbai: The higher and technical education department on Monday asked the vice-chancellors of non-agriculture universities to initiate criminal proceedings against all teachers who had submitted bogus documents obtained from the CMJ University in Meghalaya.

The direction came a month after the fraud involving fake doctoral degrees was detected.

“We found that a section of teachers obtained their PhD by fraudulent means to secure jobs or promotions. We have asked the V-Cs to initiate criminal proceedings against such teachers and also ordered the verification of PhDs obtained by all teachers across the state,” Sanjay Kumar, principal secretary, higher and technical education department, told TOI.

A senior official said it would be the V-Cs’ responsibility to verify all PhDs and MPhils obtained by all teachers across the state.

“It will be a massive exercise, but we have no option,” the official said.

The biggest fraud in the higher education sector in recent memory surfaced during re-verification of documents of certain teachers and it was found that they had obtained their PhD from CMJ varsity fraudulently.

“We sent officials to Shillong for verification,” the official said. “In many cases, it was observed that teachers had bought PhDs without covering even the basic subject mentioned in the research paper.”

The state has directed the V-Cs to terminate the services of teachers who submitted fake PhD or MPhil documents from CMJ varsity and stop their incremental benefits.
Prafulla Marpakwar TNN

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