Pune: A criminal offence has been registered against Vice-Chancellor of Spicer Adventist University Nobel Prasad Pillai and five others for cheating the university by producing fake PhD degrees and obtaining promotion and financial benefits.
The case was registered at the Chatuhshrungi police station on Thursday.
The five other accused include Chief Financial Officer Ratnaswami Jame, Head of Arts Department Chacko Paul, Director of Creative Educational Foundation (Hindustan College of Management and Research), Katraj and others.
Apparently, the accused obtained a promotion and financial benefits by producing a fake PhD degree to the institution during the period 2010-13. The FIR states that the aforesaid authorities had mutually conspired against the institution and cheated.
Two years ago social activist Allen Almeida first learned about professors with bogus PhD degrees being promoted at Spicer Adventist University. To get more information, he submitted a Right to Information (RTI) application to the university. However, the RTI application was rejected on the grounds that RTI is not applicable for minority community.
“These three accused obtained the PhD degrees from Manav Bharati University in Himachal Pradesh. I tried to get information from the university of Himachal Pradesh, but was not successful. Then I visited MP Udyanraje Bhosale with the case and informed him about the malpractice at the university,” said Almeida.
Bhosale raised the query in the Lok Sabha and demanded answers to whether the three had received any PhD degrees from Manav Bharati University in Himachal Pradesh, said Almeida.
“It was clarified that these three produced fake degrees to the university to achieve promotions,” said Almeida.