A day after a former student leader was found in possession of degree documents in bulk without any authority, Barkatullah University on Tuesday suspended two lower division clerks in degree section.
The clerks have been held responsible in the lapse that allowed the student leader to collect the degrees of other students from the section.
The university administration has also issued showcause notices to deputy registrar (examination) RK Chouhan and section officer Ramesh Singh in this matter.
It might be mentioned that the special task force (STF) of the state police had confiscated 15 degree documents issued by Barkatullah University from former student leader Sajjan Singh Parmar.
While Parmar was allowed to go after quizzing, the STF team had brought in the documents to the university on Monday for verification.
Following verification, the degrees were found authentic.
In the last two days, the university administration conducted internal investigation to find out how the degrees were handed over in bulk to a third person.
As the two clerks -- Prem Singh and Ajay Verma -- were found involved, decision to suspend them was taken.
The registrar of BU, Sanjay Tiwari, told HT that degrees issued by the university are handwritten and normally students apply for the degrees through the counters, collecting them personally or through post.
The process of issuing degrees normally takes four days.
Investigation revealed that Parmar would contact such former students who came from outside Bhopal and could not spare four days to collect the degree and promised them to collect the same and forward through post if they (the former students) paid some additional amount.
“It is not illegal to collect someone else’s degree in case of emergency in good faith, but it is certainly illegal to do it for financial gain. It then becomes a racket,” the registrar said, adding that it was evident that some university employees were involved and, therefore, immediate action was initiated.