IIT-K prof in fake degree scandal

The scam is perhaps the biggest to hit one of India’s top engineering schools with reports that aerospace engineering professor Amit Kumar Ghosh had been luring students into joining the unrecognised institute and making a fast buck.

The students in their letter to IIT Kharagpur Director Damodar Acharya, have alleged that Ghosh was running the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) calling himself its president. He even conducted their admission tests in his IIT office with each aspirant allegedly being charged a fee of Rs 27,000 for the course.

The institute, which has received many queries from parents of students as well as from the police, has not come out with any official version on the issue. Police started an investigation after many students had alleged about the institute run by Ghosh. Ghosh, who headed the IIT Kharagpur aerospace department till August this year, was also the chief vigilance officer (CVO) of the IIT till recently.

“We believed the institute was genuine because of the association of Professor Ghosh with it,” says the complaint letter signed by 22 students. “We hope you’ll take strong action against Professor Ghosh and force him to pay us suitable compensation.”

According to documents produced by the students, admission tickets for the IEE entrance examination bore the seal of Ghosh as professor, Aerospace Engineering, IIT, Kharagpur.
The diploma of licentiateship awarded by IEE reportedly makes a false claim that student’s graduation has been recommended by the Board of Governors of the Faculty of IIT,Kharagpur. In reality, that ‘Board of Governors’ does not exist at all, sources at IIT, Kharagpur revealed here on Wednesday.

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