Bihar, May 4: Talking about the menace of fake degrees in Bihar, the Governor of Bihar, Satya Pal Malik in Patna while speaking in a public gathering said that  giving fake B.Ed degrees has become a huge racket in Bihar. He also announced that from August onward, B.Ed admissions in the state will be done through a centralised exam similar to National Eligibility & Entrance Test, to end business of awarding fake degrees.The fake teaching degrees or BEd scam as it is known is nothing new in the heartland.

In fact, reports of candidates acquiring fake teaching degrees in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have for long been in news. In one such case in Uttar Pradesh, where the matter is still pending under jurisdiction, the Allahabad High Court had given interim relief to teachers who allegedly got appointed in UP government-run primary schools on the basis of fake BEd marksheets which were allegedly issued by Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University.

The Court had said that legal action against teacher’s could only be considered after cancellation of degree by the university. A Times of India report had mentioned that the Allahabad High Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) had forwarded a list of 4,570 candidates to the state government in the B.Ed marksheet scam. These candidates allegedly got appointed on the basis of fake marksheets which were issued for the session 2004-05.

The UGC had recently prepared a list of 21 self-proclaimed universities which had been offering degrees when they had no authority or right to do so. A notice was sent to all the states to end this fake degree distribution by so called universities. UGC which made it clear that no educational institution can call itself a university and grant degrees without adhering to the requirements prescribed by the UGC under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956,  or by a Central or state act.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on May 04, 2018 12:26 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website