BENGALURU: Former Law minister and senior BJP leader S Suresh Kumar had just returned from the hectic campaigning for the Nanjangud and Gundlupet bypolls when an envelope on his home office desk caught his attention. He was shocked to see that it was an offer from a UK university to ‘buy’ an honorary doctorate degree for `1.75 lakh.
Surprised and angered, the minister took to social media to expose the university. In his post on Facebook, Suresh Kumar said Victoria Global University had offered to confer on him a honorary doctorate degree in social service for which he had to pay a quoted price. The letter, received by post, also said that he was among the 40 shortlisted candidates from India to get such honour. The letter says the university, said to be based in the Turks and Caicos Islands, south of the Bahamas, has honoured 58 personalities with these degrees.
Reacting to it, Suresh Kumar sarcastically said, “Now I need to collect money to get that honour. This is like an SMS I read long ago which said a person was collecting Mahatma Gandhi
pictures and one can contri bute `500 and `1000 currency notes.”
The BJP leader has taken up the matter seriously and decided to get to the root of the racket. “I have approached senior police officials and they will investigate. As they mentioned in the letter that the award ceremony will be held in Bengaluru on April 29, police can get details.”
The invite also says that DG&IGP RK Dutta will be the chief guest at the ceremony. “The letter says the degrees will be awarded on a first-come-first served basis. In case I am unable to attend the event, they will honour me at my doorstep,” he laughed.