Three owners of two educational centres in Patiala and Mansa districts were arrested on Monday for issuing fake degrees of Nagaland-based Global Open University.
The accused have been identified as Sandeep Bahari and Vivek Gupta, owners of Lotus education society in Patiala, and Vineet Goyal of Bhai Gurudas education centre in Mansa.
"More than 3,000 fake degrees of Global Open University have been issued by the Patiala-based education centre," senior superintendent of police (SSP), Mansa, Bhupinder Singh Khattra told reporters. More than 500 fake degrees were issued to candidates from Mansa.
"The accused have confessed that they charged whopping amount from students for these degrees," he said.
The SSP said the owners of Lotus Education Society had a plan to open a varsity in Nagaland but it could not materialise.
The police claim that more than 200 centres operating across the country were issuing fake degrees of the Nagaland-based varsity.
On being asked about the details of Mansa students, who have been issued fake degrees, the SSP said there was no mention of their residential address in the records.
J&K teacher has degree, but can't write essay on cow
SHO Dalbeer Singh, who is investigating the case, revealed that a J&K school teacher, who failed to write an essay on cow, has got a commerce degree from Global Open University. "We hope to catch many more such beneficiaries," said the SHO. The police, however, have failed to get a list of education centres in Mansa. The police blame the University Grants Commission for not giving them the list of authorised education centres in the district.