Cracking The whip on officials of Mumbai University (MU) for not formally disclosing the cases of fake degrees, the state information commissioner has asked officials to upload the list of cases on the varsity’s website.
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The MU data, revealed through an RTI reply, shows it had detected total 1,187 fake degrees between academic years 2012-13 and 2015-16.
The order passed by state information commissioner Ajit Kumar Jain, states: “MU’s Marks and Certificates Unit of Examination section must publish the list of detected fake degree cases on its website at the earliest and also action against the person involved in the malpractice.”
These cases of fake degrees were reported to MU through police complaints, verification request by companies, by police department and other universities between academic years 2012-13 and 2015-16.
As per the RTI reply, the MU reported the cases to Bandra Kurla complex (BKC) police station. “We get requests for verification of degrees through individuals, companies and even police stations. Once we verify these degrees, a letter for genuine ones is being sent to the person / company/police who requested for verification, and an FIR was registered,” said Deepak Vasawe, in-charge Controller of Examination of MU.
RTI activist Vihar Durve alleged that despite detection of several fake degrees every year and knowing the pattern of such incidents, neither education minister nor education officials have taken any action. “This rising trend of procuring fake degrees is adopted not only by politicians, but nowadays also in the recruitment of lower-grade appointments. However, despite detecting such cases almost every month, prestigious institution like Mumbai University has failed to come up with any preventive measures to stop this menace,” said the RTI activist.
Vasawe said, “MU’s exam department has always been transparent; we have no issues in uploading the list of fake degree cases online. We will follow the state information commissioner’s orders.”
In 2010, following a directive from the then education minister, MU had filed FIRs against 627 people for submitting and procuring fake degrees. These cases were detected during verification carried out between academic year 2006 and 2009.
According to an official from MU’s Marks and Certificates Unit of Examination, maximum number of cases were found in Bachelor of Commerce, the other disciplines include Bachelor of Arts, B Tech, and also Masters of Management Studies.