In accordance with the latest Supreme Court’s judgement, all engineering degree-holders in NMMC have received dubious degrees from a Rajasthan based university. Apparently, it had been brought to light on an RTI activist’s complaint in July this year, which stated that 15 officials from the engineering department had secured fake degrees between 2010 and 2012.
The RTI activist sought an inquiry into this alleged educational scam, where the discrepancies were found to be true. In its latest verdict, the apex court adjudged, that none of the secured engineering degrees since 2001 had any prior approval from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), and hence they aptly fall under the category of being invalid.
“I had clearly mentioned in my complaint to the municipal chief that such dubious BTech degree certificates were acquired from dubious institutes in Rajasthan through correspondence courses, although it did not have the approval of AICTE,” said Anarjit Chauhan.
However, no considerable progress has been made so far in the case.
According to NMMC commissioner, N Ramaswami, “NMMC’s inquiry into the engineering degrees issue has found that while 15 officials did secure such degrees through correspondence courses, they did not in any way take advantage of it, such as getting promotions. We also found that the institutes which issued these degrees were actually existing in Rajasthan. These civic staffers basically have diploma engineering certificates, on the basis of which they got their postings in NMMC.”
“The civic body must wake up at least now, after the fresh SC order on this subject, and carry out an in-depth investigation. I will only state that any person holding a diploma engineering certificate cannot hold a senior level post like executive engineer in the civic engineering department. A BTech degree is a must to do so”, added Chauhan.
The civic chief also stated that, “as the latest Supreme Court order on this issue has come out, we will issue an official circular for our employees to avoid securing such degree certificates that are invalid as per law.”