• Mon. Feb 26th, 2024
Former SFI leader Vidya Maharaja has filed a case for forging college teaching experience certificates

Kochi: Ernakulam Central Police has registered a case against a former SFI leader named K Vidya for allegedly forging the teaching experience certificate of Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam based on a complaint filed by the college.

The fraud came to light when Vidya produced fake certificates for interviewing Malayalam guest lecturers at government colleges on June 2. The interview panel members got suspicious seeing the college logo and seal on the certificate and contacted the management. .

Vidya’s certificate claims that he served as Maharaja’s Guest Lecturer in 2018-19 and 2020-21. However, the college authorities informed the interview panel that no guest lecturer has been appointed in Maharaja’s Malayalam department in the last 10 years.

Soon, a meeting of the Maharaja’s College Council was called and a police complaint was filed.

Incidentally, Vidya, who hails from Trikaripur in Kasargod district, has worked as a guest lecturer in two colleges in Kasargod and Palakkad. At Corinthlam Government Arts and Science College, Kasargod, he was appointed as a guest lecturer from June 2022 to March 2023.

According to sources, Vidya got help from SFI state secretary PM Arsho to forge certificates and secure appointments. Vidya was a student of MA (Malayalam) at Maharaja’s College from 2016 to 2018. At that time, he was elected PG representative.

Meanwhile, KSU state president P Mohammed Shammas alleged that Arsho had helped Vidya illegally get admission in Ph.D at Kaladi Sanskrit University.

“Minister P Rajeev also has a role in this scam. Vidya was not included in the list of 10 candidates shortlisted by the research committee for PhD enrollment at Kaladi University. However, after high-level intervention, five more were added to the list and Vidya was among them,” Shammas said.

SFI is the student wing of the ruling CPM in the state while KSU is under the opposition Congress party.

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