Did not affiliate `fake` institute running on campus: IIT-Kgp

Coming clear on the controversy over an alleged fake institute running on its campus, IIT Kharagpur on Tuesday said it has not affiliated the centre and documents supporting its recognition were "forged".

New Delhi: Coming clear on the controversy
over an alleged fake institute running on its campus, IIT
Kharagpur on Tuesday said it has not affiliated the centre and
documents supporting its recognition were "forged".

The institute had last month suspended Amit Kumar Ghosh,
head of the department of aeronautical engineering, charging
him with running the engineering institute called Institution
of Electrical Engineers (India) (IEE) in the IIT campus.
"IIT Kharagpur is in no way connected in either
affiliating or recognising the degree/diploma of the so-called
IEE," IIT Kgp registrar T K Ghosal said in a statement today.

IIT Kgp had conducted an internal investigation after
students of the IEE lodged a complaint with IIT Kgp director
Damodar Acharya alleging that Ghosh was charging exorbitant
fees for admission to the IEE.

Ghosal said former director K L Chopra, whose name has
also cropped up in the controversy for allegedly giving
permission to IEE, has disclosed that he has not given any
such permission and such letters with his signature have been
"forged".

"It may please be noted that IIT Kharagpur does not offer
any BE degree," Ghosal said in his statement.

He said documents suggesting that IEE received
presidential approval for recognition and conduct of
examination "appear to be fraudulent".
"The sequence of events makes one to believe a section of
the people associated with so called IEE (India) have
deliberately tried to involve the name of IIT Kgp to cash on
its goodwill. Based on the allegedly forged documents, they
also might have duped both the faculty of the Institute and
the public at large," he said.

He said IIT Kgp has also cancelled allotment of quarters
to IEE.

"IEE based on allegedly forged documents posing itself as
a professional body got allotment of one quarter within the
campus of the institute in 2004.

"On June 20, 2007, it came to the notice of IIT Kgp that
the allotted quarter to IEE is being used to operate an
international university of modern science and technology. The
Institute immediately cancelled the allotment and evicted the
occupant," he said.

PTI

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