The Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur professor under police investigation for running an unauthorised institute that duped students using the IIT brand and campus has accused two former IIT-K directors of sanctifying the fraud institution.
The former directors — Kasturi Lal Chopra and Shishir Kumar Dube — were not just aware of the fraud Institute of Electrical Engineers but independently encouraged it, accused professor Amit Kumar Ghosh claimed to HT on Friday.
Both Chopra and Dube rejected the charges.
Hindustan Times first exposed (on October 19) the scam involving the IEE — with Ghosh as president — running from the IIT Kharagpur campus and claiming links to the prestigious first IIT. Since the expose, sections of the IIT community have been questioning how Ghosh could have run the IEE without the knowledge of senior administrators.
"The impression that I alone ran this institute is totally untrue. I joined and worked as honorary president only because of the legitimacy awarded by people like Chopra and Dube," Ghosh said, in his first detailed comments since the scam was exposed.
"Several IIT faculty are also involved in setting question papers for the institute."
Ghosh said he had informed the police about the involvement of the "others" in the IEE.
Chopra, Director of IIT-K between 1987 and 1997, wrote to the IEE stating the IIT was "affiliating" the institute now under a cloud, Ghosh claimed.
"This is a most ridiculous charge. I had not even heard of IEE till the scam was exposed in the news media," Chopra told HT.
"I am shocked Ghosh is making such allegations."
Chopra is a celebrated scientist, who also heads the Society for Scientific Values, a non-government watchdog against scientific malpractices.
Dube, who was Director of the IIT between 2002 and 2007, agreed – in a written letter – to act in an advisory role to assist the IEE, Ghosh said.
"I cannot imagine why Ghosh would level such allegations. I may have heard about something to do with the institute (IEE) but how can an IIT Director agree to advise a private entity?" Dube said.