Thanks to Andhra Pradesh police's verification drive, 40
degrees and provisional certificates issued in the name of a Bihar
university have been found to be fake, officials said Tuesday.
Officials of Magadh University in Gaya were stunned to find the
fake papers presented by Andhra Police for verification.
"It is a matter of serious concern that degrees and certificates
issued in the name of the university were found fake," Magadh
University examination controller Sushil Kumar Singh said.
A team of Vijayawada police arrived in Gaya, about 110 km from
here, for verification of degrees and certificates after
suspecting some wrongdoing. The documents were used by some people
to procure jobs in Andhra Pradesh.
"Vijayawada police seized these degrees and certificates after a
complaint filed by a local man," Singh said.
Singh said inscriptions on fake degrees did not match the
university examination department records, and the signatures of
officials on these degrees, including that of the vice chancellor,
were not genuine.
"It was also revealed during an investigation that degrees issued
on different dates carried the wrong names of university
officials," he said.
Taking serious note, the university plans to make its degrees
imitation proof by putting the scanned photograph of the examinee
on all its degrees.
Singh said the university has already come up with a new format
for its degrees, designed on chrome-art paper with bar codes, to
minimise the chances of being forged.
Fake degrees are frequently found in Bihar, with police busting
several such rackets in the last few years.
Only two years ago, the Bihar government rejected more than four
million applications to check a fake degree racket and other
irregularities during a teacher recruitment drive for
About 9,000 recruitment centres across the state had received more
than 10 million applications for 93,000 teaching posts in the
second phase of recruitment in 2009. Later, the government sacked
15,000 teachers for submitting fake degrees and certificates. The
sacked teachers had been appointed as part of the first phase of a
recruitment drive in 2008.