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 scam was 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. .
About 4,000 students have been shown taken admission through the centre and till date no examination has been conducted by this centre.
The students enrolled through the centre have been shown appeared in examinations and degrees issued
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
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.
The case registered has had no arrests till now.
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