The crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police exposed a fake degree scam at the IGNOU centre in Kathua district. Nearly 4,000 students were issued dummy degrees without even appearing in examinations. The crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police have exposed the scam. The crime branch official said that fake attendance sheets and answer scripts were submitted to IGNOU using the centre code of Katra, Kishtwar, Chatroo and Paddar. Officials of IGNOU and post offices are involved in preparing fake answer sheets. The Billawar centre runs two admission sessions, one in January-July and the other in June-December every year. Thousands of rupees were collected from each candidate and the money was embezzled through bank accounts opened in the name of the chairman and a non-existent coordinator
The honorarium of faculty members and counsellors was also swindled by Bandari, his associate Bhopinder Gupta and others in connivance with a few IGNOU officials.
"The varsity is investing the whole issue and strict action will be taken against anyone found guilty," a senior official from IGNOU said.
The scam was unearthed after police received inputs of a man, identified as Prashant Bandari, who along with his associates, was fraudulently involved in conducting examinations and allowing admittance to students at the centre established in Billawar town in 2014-2015