Shimla, April 3
The Himachal Pradesh government has taken action on the issue of fake degree scams and gross irregularities in the recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff in Sardar Patel University Mandi. In a call attention motion raised by Congress members Rajinder Rana and Chandershekhar, the fake degree scams by Manav Bharti and APG universities and paper leaks were highlighted. Education Minister Rohit Thakur acknowledged the problem and informed the assembly that a 19-member SIT has been formed to investigate the matter.
Thakur stated that 90% of degrees issued by Manav Bharti were found to be fake. The member demanded a CBI probe in the matter and the matter would would be taken cognizance of by the Chief Minister. The main accused, Rajinder Kumar Rana, was arrested, and 21 people were booked. With the help of Interpol, a look out notice has been issued to ensure the immigration of absconding family of Rana, he added. Thakur assured the assembly that the government wants to conclude the issue logically and that the matter is pending in court.
Regarding the recruitment process in Sardar Patel University Mandi, former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur raised concerns about the politicization of the issue. However, Education Minister Roht Thakur clarified that the government seized the matter in February, and the opposition should allow the government to look into the matter.
The issue of fake degree scams and recruitment irregularities raises serious questions about education in Himachal Pradesh.
The minister said that the government’s actions demonstrate its commitment to ensuring a fair and transparent education system in Himachal Pradesh. The matter is still pending in court, and the government’s assurance of a logical conclusion is a positive step towards justice.
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