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Fake degree poser on varsity

Gaya, Aug. 30: Officials of the examination department of Magadh University (MU) are in a quandary over the fake certificates with the varsityís name procured by a number of people.

Sources said the racket has spread its tentacles to a number of states and has involved government officials and police personnel as well.

According to reports, fake degrees have been issued in the name of Magadh University in the past as well.

Degrees can be found for courses that are not even offered by the university or any of its constituent colleges.

People also got government jobs in Haryana, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and other states on the basis of these degrees.

Recently, seven people working at the human resource development department of Himachal Pradesh were sacked after degrees produced by them for the service proved to be fake.

The charlatans were exposed when the examination controller of MU, Sushil Kumar Singh, sent a fax to the registrar of the Himachal Pradesh high court chief justice, informing him that the university had not issued those certificates.

Human resource development employees, including Kiran Kumari, Anjana Devi, Anuj Kumar and Yashbir Singh, had produced degrees in Prabhakar, political science and education.

While the university does not issue degrees for Prabhakar, a high degree in Sanskrit, the other certificates were also found to be fake.

Two superintendents of police (vigilance), who were assigned the task of verifying the degrees, also came under the scanner for their connivance with the employees in the matter.

Sources said the two officers had visited MU to verify the degrees. Sushil Kumar had informed them that the degrees were not genuine.

However, the reports they submitted to the bench of the chief justice of Himachal Pradesh were different from those issued by the examination controller.

The report submitted by the two superintendents of police in the court claimed that the degrees of the employees of Himachal Pradesh human resource development department were genuine.

Sources at MU said officials from other states have also visited the university for verification of degrees.

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