It is alarming that even in this day and age of satellite communication there are fake organisations in Bangladesh luring unwary people to enrol for degrees from non-existent foreign universities! We have come to know about one such study centre which is currently under investigation by the University Grants Commission (UGC). It is called Lincoln’s Higher Education Management (LHEM), and claims to be an education consultancy firm with connections to American Independent University, California, USA. It has been found that such a university does not exist. But LHEM has been admitting students in the name of this non-existent university and handing out various degrees on different courses, including MPhil, PhD, MBA, Honours and Masters.
In a surprise visit the UGC has found evidence of LHEM selling PhD certificates in exchange for money. The degrees are from foreign universities which do not even exist. Such false certificates and degrees cannot further the career or education of anyone in this age of Google and fast internet communication. As in the twinkling of an eye, any authority can find out details about any existing educational institution even if it is situated half the world away. But nevertheless, there are people who are not as savvy with internet communication, who may fall into the traps set by these fake certificate selling organisations.
It is illegal to run a study centre of even a legitimate foreign university without permission, therefore, operating a branch campus or study centre of a non-existent foreign university is an even greater crime. Therefore, the authorities must alert all about their findings and also make sure that these institutes do not continue their illegal operations anywhere in the country.