The Central Crime Branch officials on Monday cracked down on a distance-learning centre in “Tilak Nagar” that was offering fake graduation and post-graduation certificates and marks cards.
The CCB received reliable information that the centre was offering these fake certificates and marks cards to gullible students within 30 days. Based on the tipoff, a team of CCB officials raided the centre and arrested Safia Banu (25), who was running the centre.
However, the alleged kingpin identified as Ravi Kumar from Secunderabad is said to be absconding. He earlier running a kindergarten school in Jayanagar started this business one and half years ago and appointed his associate Safia as coordinator for the centre.
CCB’s Assistant Commissioner of Police (Special Enquiries) N. Venkatesh Prasanna said the centre was offering certificates and marks cards of reputed universities and colleges.
“The centre offered courses ranging from B.A., B.Com, B.Sc., M.A., M.Com, M.Sc. to PhD , along with professional courses such as MBA, MCA and LLM.”
The accused would charge the students anywhere between Rs. 30,000 to Rs 50,000, make them write exams at the centre and issue certificates and marks cards within a month, Mr. Venkatesh Prasanna said.
Verification of records revealed that the accused claimed that his distance learning institute under the banner Vijetha College admissions and Information centre situated in Sai Building in Tilak Nagar.
The centre claimed to be affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University (Tamil Nadu), Dravida University (Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh), Rastriya Vishwa Vidya Peetha (Mumbai), C.V. Raman University (Chhattisgarh), Board of Open Distance Learning (West Bengal), Global Open University (Nagaland), RKDF University (Kerala) and Northwest Accreditation Commission (USA).
The “scam came to light when one of the students who was issued the certificate verified it with the official website of the university from where his certificate was issued and found it fake.”
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Based on the complaint filed by him, a Central Crime Branch constable posing as prospective client approached the centre and asked for an MBA certificate for the year 2007.
Safia agreed to help him asking him to pay Rs 55,000 promising to issue the certificate within a month.
The officials have seized hundreds of admission forms, question papers, answer scripts, seals and other peripherals from the centre and efforts are on to nab Ravi Kumar.
February 2013: Central Crime Branch busts a study centre in Indiranagar promising its students degree certificates from Periyar University of Tamil Nadu and CMJ University of Meghalaya, and issuing fake certificates.
The centre was active for five years before being busted.
February 2014: Central Crime Branch busts a study centre in R T Nagar which issued fake degree certificates in the name of ‘Gwalior university’ and the ‘Board of Secondary Education from Madhya Bharath’ that did not even exist.
CERTIFICATES AT A PRICE
The centre operating since 1.5 years from 100 square feet room
They offer degree and certificates in 38 courses ranging from graduation to PhD from different universities within a month
The price for the certificates ranges from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000
The centre refuses customers help if they want to apply in government jobs
Similar centre operational in Secunderabad and CCB have communicated to their counterparts about the illegalities for further action
Hundreds of students with fake degrees are working in various companies across the country
CCB probing details of beneficiaries