Mumbai: An one of a 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 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 can 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 copies surpassed over within the subsequent 10-15 days.

What is even more surprising is that the candidate isn’t required to attend lessons or go to the college — the whole thing is already accomplished for the reason that it’s far backdated, said Gaikwad. The essential aspect is to feature these solid documents to the college’s information, he introduced.

When we raised doubts approximately the authenticity of the degree, Gaikwad attempted to persuade us via pronouncing, “It’s an original certificate, alongside the facts. It’s to be had for verification.”

We had been also provided stages in engineering, LLB, and Ph.D. from one-of-a-kind universities — the charges for them vary. The quantity charged for an engineering diploma become Rs seventy five,000 for a direction of three years. We had to pay 1/2 the quantity as improve and the rest upon receiving the scanned and hard copies.

The Ph.D. degree presented became from the Andhra University — we had been instructed that the thesis and synopsis can also be provided. Gaikwad informed that he should get us a regulation degree for Rs 2 lakh from a University in Uttar Pradesh.

According to a whistleblower, an 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. To fulfill the target of universities doing badly, these centers have been installed. 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.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) on Thursday took cognizance of the investigation and directed the UGC to right away represent a high-level committee to inquire into the allegations.