Did Namma Bengaluru Mayor Sampath Raj lie about his educational qualification?

First Published 3, Nov 2017, 10:24 AM IST
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Highlights
  • Mayor Sampath Raj's affidavit claims that he has a 'BE' degree
  • However, it has come to light that he has not completed his course with many subjects pending
  • Academicians say it is wrong to claim 'BE' degree if one has not completed the course

How fair is to claim 'BE' degree when one has backlog subjects? Well, that's exactly what Namma Bengaluru's first citizen R Sampath Raj seems to have done. Mayor Sampath Raj claims that he has a 'BE' degree while he still has to clear many subjects in engineering, reports Bangalore Mirror.

Mayor Sampath Raj - according to Bangalore Mirror - in his affidavit has stated that he has completed BE final exams. His election brochure too had boasted that he obtained his 'BE' degree from MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, among other degrees.

In his affidavit (submitted on two terms), Sampath Raj, a second-time corporator from Congress from DJ Halli has stated that  - 'BE' from MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology 1986-91, 'BE' Mechanical passed in final exams (course completed) and - in 2015 'BE' (course completed), 1991, MS Ramaiah College.

However, it has now come to light that the mayor has not cleared his engineering degree with subjects in III and IV year still pending.  The mayor was admitted to BE (mechanical branch) at the MS Ramaiahah Institute of Technology in 1986 and his registration number E86DB110. While he completed his first year with second class (Feb 1995), his second year in second class (Dec 1990). Besides, he has three subjects from his third year and seven subjects in the fourth year to be cleared.

With not having his subjects cleared in both third and fourth year, technically, Sampath Raj is not a 'BE' degree holder. But interestingly, the mayor is reportedly known as an engineer the corporators' circle.

Quoting a source from the college, Mirror reported that Sampath Raj had not completed his course. He has failed in third and four years and has many subjects to be cleared. Hence, it is not correct to claim that he has completed the course.

However, his election affidavit says that he has cleared his 'BE' exams. Isn't it wrong? BE is a degree in engineering and cannot be used unless one has a certificate of completion - with no subjects pending. "It is technically wrong to use 'BE' if the course is incomplete and one cannot claim he or she is an engineer. They should not even use next to their names, too," K Balaveera Reddy, reports Mirror quoting former VTU VC.

However, Mayor told the paper that There is nothing wrong in the usage as he has nowhere claimed that he was an engineer.

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