As per the latest reply to an RTI, Mumbai University shows that it had detected a staggering 1,187 fake degrees in between the academic years 2012-13 and 2015-16.
Now the state information commissioner has chastised the Mumbai University authority for not formally disclosing the cases of fake degrees and they have asked the University officials to upload the list of cases on the website of the university.
Ajit Kumar Jain, the information commissioner while passing the order said that the Mumbai Univeristy's Marks and Certificates Unit of Examination section must publish the list of detected fake degree cases on the University's website as soon as possible so that action can be initiated against the person involved in the malpractice.
All these cases of fake degrees were reported to Mumbai University through verification request by companies and police complaints in between academic years 2012-13 and 2015-16.
As per the report of the university large number of fake degree, cases are found in the following stream-
- Masters of Management Studies (MMS)
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Bachelor of Technology (B Tech)
- Bachelor of Commerce (B Comm)
Deepak Vasawe, in-charge Controller of Examination of Mumbai University, said that they get requests for verification of degrees through companies, individuals and even police stations. Once they verify these degrees, a letter for genuine ones is being sent to the company/ person/ police who requested for verification. After that, a FIR is registered.
Modus Operandi of Fake Case:
Most of the students place a sheet of paper on their friends' mark sheets and then take a photocopy and print their name on it. Even students scan their own certificates and after that alter their marks.
Vihar Durve, the RTI activist alleged that knowing the pattern of such incidents and despite detection of several fake degrees every year neither education officials nor education minister has taken any action. This increasing trend of procuring fake degrees is adopted by several politicians and in the recruitment of lower-grade appointments. But despite detecting such cases on regular basis every month, the prestigious institution like MU has not taken any strict preventive measures to stop this menace.
While Vasawe said that Mumbai University's exam department has always been transparent and they have no issues in uploading the list of fake degree cases online. They will follow the state information commissioner’s orders.