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Frauds in Indian Education Sector and How to Stay Away from Them

Raj went for an interview for his dream job after completing his MBA from a private university and was confident of getting the offer. He even assured his family and friends that they can prepare for a big party soon. A few days later, Raj was found at the ICU of a hospital ward for he had swallowed sleeping pills when he realized that the company, he had applied for had done a thorough background check and found that his graduation degree was fake.

This is just an example of thousands of lives being ruined due to the flawed Indian education system. If you want to avoid being in Raj’s situation, it’s best you as a student or as a parent of a student know the frauds that happen in the Indian education sector and how to stay away from them.

Sale of Forged Certificates

There are many scammers out there who can sell forged certificates to students and job seekers. These certificates can be created in a matter of days and people who don’t attend even a single class have access to them. They also don’t cost much and can be created by institute owners who want the extra cash under the table.

The best way to avoid such a scam is to not get tempted to take a shortcut and working hard to earn a degree, not merely buying it.

Illegal Institutes

Another popular educational scam in India is the running of institutes or universities without the approval of a regulatory authority. In such cases, even the law fails to get justice for the students as the scammers know of loopholes in the law and make use of corrupt people to get away easily.

The best way to save yourself from such a scam is to do a thorough background check of the institute or university and ask to see their affiliation certificates before paying any fee.

Open Cheating

Openly cheating during the exams is quite common in several states in India. Everyone from the peon to the invigilators were bribed to make this possible. As there is not much that you can do at an individual level to prevent such blatant form of cheating, you can however report it to the authorities.

Entrance Exam Fixing

The best example of this form of scam is the Vyapam scam that turned deadly for many people. In this scam, rich parents and students paid millions of dollars to fixers and political operatives who rigged the examinations. The examinations were for government jobs and admissions to medical colleges run by the state. After the money was paid to the fixers, the student who was weak at studies didn’t sit in the exam but one of his lookalikes, an intelligent student was paid to take the exam.

The best solution for you if you are in such a situation is again to report it to the authorities or leak proofs in the media if you think that even authorities are involved!

Some Other Solutions

A few other solutions and tips for avoiding frauds in the Indian education sector are:

  • Make sure that the degree you are getting is recognized across the world or is it a marketing gimmick.
  • Talk to previous students about the learning experience and job placements before joining any educational institution.
  • Make use of the RTI act if you are not sure whether the university people are being honest, if it’s a government run institution.
  • Never opt for foreign education if the institution is promising to send you abroad without a visa.
  • Take help of embassies to confirm whether a degree will be recognized internationally or not.
  • Work hard for success and never take shortcuts. Always remember that buying a degree won’t make you smart, earning it will.

We hope that you are now aware of key frauds in Indian education sector and how to stay away from them. We also hope it will help you be a smart consumer who fights for his or her rights and never gets tempted by shortcuts.


Divya Patwal


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