Mumbai: An one of kind investigation executed by way of News18 has exposed the dark aspect of education establishments wherein tiers are on sale.
A crew of undercover journalists approached a few dealers who claimed they might provide us with educational tiers without attending lessons or appearing for examinations.
The team met Swapnil Gaikwad, who claimed to be an agent of Key Education Consultancy in Navi Mumbai’s Koparkhairane. He agreed to get us a Bachelor of Arts (BA) diploma backdated to 2016.
Gaikwad told us that he could provide ranges from well-known universities – these include Yashwantrao Chavan University and Solapur University, each of which can be accredited with the aid of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
Gaikwad stated the entire process could take 45 days. Scanned copies of the educational degrees would be confirmed to us in 30 days, and the difficult documents surpassed within the subsequent 10-15 days.
Even more surprising is that the candidate isn’t required to attend lessons or go to college — the whole thing is already accomplished because it’s far backdated, said Gaikwad. He introduced The essential aspect of featuring these solid documents in the college’s information.
When we raised doubts approximately the authenticity of the degree, Gaikwad attempted to persuade us by pronouncing, “It’s an original certificate, alongside the facts. It’s to be had for verification.”
We were also provided stages in engineering, LLB, and Ph.D. from one-of-a-kind universities — their charges vary. The quantity charged for an engineering diploma becomes Rs seventy-five 000 for a direction of three years. We had to pay 1/2 the amount as improvement and the rest upon receiving the scanned and hard copies.
The Ph.D. degree presented came from the Andhra University — we had been instructed that the thesis and synopsis could also be provided. Gaikwad informed us that he should get us a regulation degree for Rs 2 lakh from a University in Uttar Pradesh.
According to a whistleblower, growth inside the range of universities is the main reason that has caused the enlargement of the degree marketplace.
“Every university has a target. Some universities are doing well, a few are common actions, and some are doing badly. These centers have been installed to fulfill the target of universities doing badly. These centers play as the marketing companions of the university and promote the certificate. It’s a win-win situation for each — the candidate gets a certificate, and the university gets admissions,” said the whistleblower.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) took cognizance of the investigation. It directed the UGC to right away a high-level committee immediately to inquire into the allegations.