Using a fake degree at ONGC to win promotion

Vol 16, PW 20 (02 May 13) Exploration & Production

Around 800 employees at ONGC working across India stand accused of using fake or unauthorised degrees to win promotion.

PETROWATCH learns ONGC is investigating all employees with degrees from the Mumbai-based Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IME) and Sabarmati, the Ahmedabad branch of AMIE. These degrees are not recognised by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as required by ONGC’s recruitment and promotion policy.

More, they are not full-time study degrees but awarded after part-time study through evening classes. “In spite of this,” says an ONGC source, “many ONGC employees have been promoted based on these degrees.

” Sanjay Bagde, ONGC chief manager vigilance, launched an inquiry into the 'fake degree' racket on March 21 with an 'inter office memo' to all employees in Ahmedabad. Up to 100 senior ONGC employees working in production, drilling, technical and human resources are believed to have secured promotion because of the now notorious ‘Sabarmati degree.

’ Bagde's memo has 10 queries. In questions 1 and 2, he asks for the name, designation and Central Provident Fund number, date of birth, date of superannuation, date of joining ONGC, brief posting history at ONGC since joining, and present place of posting and assignment with full official communication address and name of the supervisor.

In queries 3 to 9, Bagde wants information about the fake degrees: “Were you aware that IME (India) and AMIE, Sabarmati do not have AICTE approval When did you apply to ONGC to upgrade qualifications based on the degree/diploma acquired through IME and AMIE"