Fake degree holders appointed as lecturers in vocational colleges in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: At a time when meritorious students in Odisha are unable to get jobs, some candidates with degrees allegedly bought from unrecognized institutions have been appointed lecturers in various vocational colleges run by the State government. After receiving the allegations, OTV did a reality check and came across various facts which point at such irregularities.

“We are unable to get jobs but undeserving persons are buying fake certificates from outside the State and earning lakhs of rupees. The government is not providing any facility for the candidates who have studied hard,” alleged a degree holder from a government college, Jatish Samantaray.

The allegations of Jatish are not baseless as during OTV’s investigation, it was revealed that not one or two, but at least 75 persons with degrees from one unrecognized college are appointed as lecturers in vocational colleges across Odisha.

These lecturers have produced degrees granted by Kolkata-based – The Institution of Engineers (India), whose recognition was withdrawn by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in 2012. However, the Department of Higher Education, Odisha has accepted their certificates and appointed them in colleges.

“Various irregularities have happened in appointment of lecturers in vocational colleges. The government has appointed undeserving candidates with fake certificates, but has neglected deserving candidates. I have approached the departmental secretary many a times but no action has been taken yet,” said Jagannath Swain, a junior lecturer, whose post is yet to be regularized.

The Regional Director at the Directorate of Higher Education in Sambalpur, in 2016, had informed the Director of Vocational Education about one Bipin Bihari Rout who was allegedly working as a lecturer in two government colleges simultaneously – in Mahima (Degree) Mahavidyalaya at Joranda in Dhenkanal and Priyadarshini Mahila Mahavidyalaya at Jalda in Rourkela. The Regional Director had sought immediate attention of the government on the issue but no action has been taken till date, as per sources.

In response to the allegations, Rout said, “The matter is now sub-judice, so I have nothing to say.”

The Supreme Court also in one of its ruling had stated that the certificates provided by The Institution of Engineers (India) is not equivalent to B-Tech degree, which raises the question that how come the government provided jobs to candidates with certificates from the institute.

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