Bhanu P Lhumi
Tribune press service
Shimla, September 22
No employee working at 128 of the state’s 140 public colleges got the job on the basis of a degree obtained from Manav Bharti University (MBU), which is accused of defrauding the bogus degree.
The Higher Education Ministry had requested details of college-recruited staff who had graduated from MBU, but none of those people had been employed, according to reports received from 128 colleges. There are 5,100 employees in 140 state government colleges, including Sanskrit colleges.
The department has sent a reminder to directors of other colleges to provide the information as soon as possible, higher education director Amarjit Sharma said.
The DGP had written to all departments to give details of the employees who obtained jobs on the basis of MBU degrees. Therefore, the ministry sought information that would be shared with the Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the fake diploma scam.
In a letter to the Chief Secretary in April 2021, the President of HPPERC, Major General Atul Kaushik (retired), said that to ensure that only competent and eligible candidates are appointed in the government sector, it is important to verify the diplomas of all contractual and regular employees. obtained from the MBU.
SIT had so far scanned 14 of 55 hard drives and detected 36,000 false degrees. The number is set to multiply when the remaining 41 hard drives are scanned.
SIT had also detected properties valued at Rs 440 crore, among which properties valued at Rs 194.74 crore were related to the proceeds of crime and were attached. Preliminary investigations revealed that each diploma was sold for Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh.