India's fake degree scandal reflects poor regulation of higher education

A screenshot of Manav Bharti University's website. Investigators say the university in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh sold degrees through agents to students in 17 states.
A screenshot of Manav Bharti University's website. Investigators say the university in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh sold degrees through agents to students in 17 states. PHOTO: MANAV BHARTI UNIVERSITY

BANGALORE - An Indian private university has been accused of selling tens of thousands of degrees for money over a decade, in the latest illustration of corruption in the country's higher education system.

Investigators say that Manav Bharti University in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh sold degrees through agents to students in 17 states for cash payments ranging from 100,000 rupees (S$1,810) to 300,000 rupees. Singapore's Ministry of Manpower is also investigating 15 work pass holders who had declared qualifications from this university in their applications.

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month
  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.