IGNOU Scam: HT exposes how private firms misused degrees & diplomas


Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is India’s largest distance learning varsity with over 4 million students in India and 36 other countries came under HT scanner. Hindustan Times recently reported how the degrees & diplomas offered under the name of IGNOU by private firms violating rules and costing the public exchequer over Rs. 300 crores.

The private groups that gained most from offering IGNOU degrees and diplomas include Bhopal-based AISECT ( Rs. 65 crore), Chennai-based SAPET ( Rs. 116 crore) and Mumbai’s Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) ( Rs. 20 crore).

CBI is set to probe a series of MoUs signed by IGNOU under its former Vice Chancellor VN Rajasekharan Pillai with private firms that earned crores offering IGNOU degrees between 2006 and 2011. (Detailed story here)

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  2. 1. When other institutes stopped taking admissions after CBI inquiry then why MAAC Continued?

    2. The fundamental questions under CBI inquiry is the exclusive tie up and creating a franchisor for granting animation degree as per the UGC norms university can’t have a franchising setup. What is your reply???

    3. CBI is lookinf into a 20 Cr loss which IGNOU – Maac tie up has caused to the university. When ministers could not be spared for corruption then how can a small organization like maac can go spotfree? As the students for the degree admission were being enroled in 2012 inspite of the shaw cause notice by IGNOU, in such a situation what will happen to the fate of such students. Should they not shift to other institutes and save their precious 1 year.

    If the CBI holds maac management guilty whats the guarantee that Maac as an organization will not get closed and if it gets closed because of the legal issues what will happen to the fate of students studying at Maac.

    The verbal assurances can not fool us, we would prefer if the Maac management gets us a clearance certificate either from CBI or from the Director Distance Education IGNOU.

    Letter from any school’s official would not help us as the Director Distance Education is the final authority to state that all admissions of 2012 are valid hence a clear statement by DDE is required

    JP, Amit and Sid

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