4 persons arrested on the charge of issuing D-Pharmacy degrees to ineligible students


The Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Monday made four more arrests on charges of admitting candidates and issuing D-Pharmacy degrees with the connivance of registrar-officials of the Punjab State Pharmacy Council (PSPC).

The Vigilance Bureau has already registered an FIR against former PSPC registrars and officials for irregularities in admission, registration and issuance of de-pharmacy licenses to ineligible students studying in private colleges.

The official of the Vigilance Bureau said that in this case today the order was issued against the owner of the Institute of Medical Science and Research Bathinda, Gurpreet Singh Gill, Principal Sarabjit Singh Brar, R.S. Ramkodi which has caught RS Ramakodi who was principal of Lala Lajpat Rai College Sahana in Barnala district in 2013 and Baljinder Singh Bajwa who was principal of Lala Lajpat College of Pharmacy Moga in 2011.

Praveen Kumar Bharadwaj, the former registrar of PSPC and Dr. Vigilance. Tejveer Singh, Superintendent Ashok Kumar have already been arrested. Apart from this, 9 pharmacists have also been nominated and arrested in this case.

Bureau official said that to fill the vacant seats in de-pharmacy institutes, the owners of private colleges have asked the said registrars and PSPC. With the connivance of the officials of the state, students from other states took huge bribes and got admission without obtaining the mandatory migration certificate.

Apart from this, many students have passed 12th private from medical or non-medical stream to get admission in D-Pharmacy course. While for this it is mandatory to pass regular classes and science practical.

The bureau official said that these employees were found involved in accepting bribes from owners and principals of private pharmacy colleges from various establishments for issuing fake certificates of 12th and D-Pharmacy and fake registration certificates from PSPC. All the arrested accused will be produced in the court today.

Further investigation into the matter is on to probe the role of other officials, employees and clerks of PSPC as well as persons associated with private colleges.