Hundreds of degree-holders from Manav Bharti University in India have been found to be working across countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, South Africa, the United States and Canada.
The private university in the state of Himachal Pradesh is believed to have sold as many as 36,000 degrees since it was founded in 2009, at prices ranging from 100,000 to 300,000 rupees (S$1800 – S$5500).
This was uncovered following investigations last month by an Indian government agency, which has so far found that only 5000 degrees issued were genuine.
Singapore’s Manpower Ministry has since announced that it is investigating 15 work pass holders who stated that they had obtained degrees from MBU in their visa applications.
This has further fuelled long-standing allegations that Indian nationals have been unfairly allowed to take jobs that Singaporeans could have done.
The government has persistently maintained that those allegations are untrue.
In the last 5 years, an average of 660 foreigners were found to have submitted fake educational qualifications in their work pass applications and were permanently barred each year from working in Singapore.