While PhD has been mandatory for teaching in engineering colleges, several faculty members allegedly produced fake doctoral degrees to get a job. Faculty members who sneaked into private colleges affiliated to the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad (JNTU-H) using fake degrees are in for trouble.

Following complaints on some faculty members possessing fake degree certificates, the University has tightened the noose on private colleges and has made mandatory the scrutinising of all certificates. It is also insisting on a background check before shortlisting the candidates for selection.

In a circular issued recently, the university said all the managements and principals of affiliated colleges should verify the genuineness of the certificates and qualification as per the guidelines prescribed by the All India Council for Technical Education and the Pharmacy Council of India.

“The responsibility of verification of eligibility of the applied candidates as per ACTE/PCI norms solely lies with the respective college or institute. In case it is found at a later date that a faculty recruited is not qualified as per the norms, the college or institute is liable for punitive action. An undertaking to this effect is to be given by the college or institute to varsity,” it said.

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The university has focused on the private engineering and pharmacy colleges affiliated to it to increase the quality of education and also the employability quotient. While the university made PhD mandatory for teaching in the engineering colleges, several faculty members had allegedly produced fake doctoral degrees to get a job. This prompted the university administration to summon close to 100 faculty members working in the private colleges for certificate verification.

Recently, it also issued orders suspending the engineering degrees awarded to students who were enrolled during the academic year 2001-2005 in the deemed universities viz., JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Allahabad Agriculture Research Institute and Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation.

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The university suspended the degrees as per the orders of the Supreme Court. It directed the college principals and management to take necessary action against such faculty who possessed the said fake degrees.

Last chance for Engineering students to clear backlogs
The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad has given a last chance for clearing backlogs for candidates who have been struggling with courses since the last 10 years.

The university has decided to conduct a special supplementary examination for candidates who were admitted in BTech courses, B Pharmacy, MTech courses, MSC (part time), MBA regular and part time, MCA regular, and all other undergraduate and postgraduate courses and failed to get required credits for award of degrees.

“This last chance is for the candidates who have completed their class work (double the duration of the course) and who have availed two years extra time to clear backlog subjects but could not clear the same,” reads a notification issued by the varsity.

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The notification is meant for the students who studied in the constituent and affiliated colleges of JNTU-Hyderabad only.

The last date for students to register for the special supplementary examination at their respective colleges is December 18 and with a late fee of Rs 100, it is December 24. Students can also register with a late fee of Rs 1,000 till December 28.

The principals have been directed to display the notification issued by the university on the college campus. “There could be about 5,000 students who could not clear the subjects in last 10 years. This is one last chance for such students to appear and get required credit for award of degree,” V Kamakshi Prasad, Director of Evaluation, said. #KhabarLive