Rajasthan government freezes admissions in Jodhpur National University

Jodhpur National University (JNU) established in the year 2008 is a private university having more than 13000 students. This university is recognized by UGC, AICTE, AIU etc. Now the University is in news for different reasons. JNU, that had awarded 25,000 fake degrees to students, was issued orders from Rajasthan government to stop new admissions with immediate effect for the academic year 2015-16.

Rajasthan government freezes admissions in Jodhpur National University
Campus Building at Jodhpur National University

In January 2015, Special Operation Group (SOG) police arrested the chairman of this university, Mr Kamal Mehta for his involvement in providing fake degrees for students without them attending classes or appearing in examinations.

It was also confirmed by the police that amount Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 were charged for obtaining fake degree certificates and police arrested touts Manoj Kumar, Shyam Meena and Darshit Ajmera in connection with that. As per an official statement, a departmental enquiry constituted after the case registered with Special Operations Group – Police (SOG-P) on fake degree has recommended the ban on admission in the university until the investigation taking place is finished.

In the state assembly held in April, Education minister Mr KC Saraf stated that since 2009, Jodhpur National University had awarded 38000 degrees and mark sheets to students and of these 25,003 were found to be fake. Pawan Kumar Goyal, Principal Secretary Higher Education said that there was violation of University Act by Jodhpur National University thereby leading to the fake degree scam.

Mr Goyal also confirmed saying, in order to avoid risk with the new in coming students, government had decided to ban fresh intake of students for the academic year 2015-16.

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