Major fake-degree scam waiting to rock J&K soon

Jammu, Aug 20: A major fake degree scam is going to hit Jammu and Kashmir very soon as the allegedly fictitious degrees issued by a Mumbai-based institute are put to scrutiny by the investigating agencies as per the All J&K Mechanical Engineering Graduates Association, Jammu

According to the letter, dozens of in-service diploma engineers in the J&K’s Mechanical Engineering Department are alleged to acquire fake degrees from Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IME), Mumbai and bypassed the engineering degree holders during promotions.

The matter was brought into the light on December 12, 2013 during the tenure of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah by the association. To authenticate its claim, the association had pinned the alleged fake degrees of several diploma engineers with the letter which they had submitted to the Chief Minister. Although he was expected to refer the letter to the State Vigilance Organisation or the Crime Branch of State Police for a thorough probe but to their surprise, he did not take any decision over that.

Quoting SRO 297, the association said “the qualification required for becoming a junior engineer is a regular full time 4-year degree course in engineering from a recognised university or passing Sec A and Sec B of AMIE from Institute of Engineers, Kolkata, in any branch of engineering”, regretting that the authorities concerned in the Civil Secretariat, who were legally bound to look into the rules, allegedly “ignore the rules to give benefits to the in-service diploma engineers who have acquired degrees through unfair means from IME, Mumbai”.

The association had also attached with the letter, which it had submitted to Omar, a list of the diploma engineers who allegedly have acquired fake degrees from IME, Mumbai.

The letter said Jagjit Singh (Membership No 28547, Roll No SB-173004), Prem Singh Jamwal (Membership No 28548, Roll No SB-173006) and Pardeep Kumar Sharma (Membership No 28549, Roll No SB-173005) passed the examination in 1995 but degrees were issued to them after 10 years.

Mohammad Tariq Raina’s Roll No is 173014 and that of Jagjeet Singh Raina is 173015 but there is a huge difference in their membership numbers. While the Membership No of Jagjeet is 17715, that of Tariq is 35664. “While both of them got themselves registered on the same day, how can there be a difference of over 17,000 candidates between them? This hints at something fishy in the operations of IME, Mumbai,” the letter said, adding that both of them are shown in the IME, Mumbai, records to have passed the degree in December 1996.

Rakesh Bhatti’s Membership No is 30606 and that of Mohan Lal Saini is 51636 but Roll No of the former is 173007 and that of the latter is 43058. “While there is a difference of over 21,000 candidates in their memberships, the difference between roll numbers stands at over 1.3 lakh. This is unbelievable and shows that the numbers are fake,” the association alleged.

According to the letter, both of them passed the degree in December 1998 but the degrees were issued to them surprisingly in 1999 and 2003 respectively.

In the case of Kanwal Kumar Chopra, Om Prakash Gupta and Ashok Singh Choudhary also, the difference between their membership numbers and roll numbers “arouse suspicion” about the operations of MIE, Mumbai, the letter alleged.

The institute’s operations create further doubts about the genuineness of degrees issued by it. Roll No 1700008 of Raj Kumar Kohli, who passed the degree in December 2001, comes after the roll numbers of Rajeev Gupta (1700002) and Dil Bahadur Singh (1700003), who are shown to have passed their degrees in 2002, ie an year after Kohli. “This again is doubtful,” the letter felt.

In the case of Kewal Krishan and Dalip Wali also, there is a big difference in membership numbers despite the fact that both of them passed the degree in 2002.

Raj Kumar (Roll No SB-3500057) and Kirpal Singh (Roll No SB-400179) passed the degree in 2003 but the difference between their roll numbers is of nearly 31 lakh candidates which is just unbelievable. Under no circumstances can there be a difference of 31 lakh candidates between the two persons who are shown to have passed the degree in the same year, the letter says.

There is also a big difference between the roll numbers of Shiv Dass Abrol (SB-0400004) and Rajesh Sharma (SB-040006) who passed in the same year, ie December 2004.

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