New Delhi: Amit Kumar (40), a resident of Delhi who cleared his B.Ed exam at the age of 23, from Agra University’s Raja Balwant Singh College (RBS) still visits the campus to get his degree as he cannot afford to pay Rs. 20,000 to the college varsity.
Now, Kumar has been married for 17 years, has three children and still visits the campus to get his degree. Over the years, he didn’t lose hope and was “adamant on getting the degree without greasing the palm” of varsity officials, reports The Times of India.
After several years of fighting with the college, he finally wrote a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing his situation.
In his letter he asked PM Modi to help him to get his degree from the varsity “with paying any bribe.” He also threatened that he would kill himself if he is not able to get his degree.
Kumar, who resides at the Haiderpur area of Delhi, claimed that he wrote a complaint letter to the Chancellor of the university, Governor of Uttar Pradesh Anandiben Patel and even chief minister Yogi Adityanath. He said, “I am yet to get a response.”
“It has been 17 years now. After exhausting all the options, I have written a letter to the Prime Minister in the hope of justice. I cannot afford to pay Rs 20,000 bribe which the employees at the varsity had been demanding to issue my degree certificate,” Kumar said. “Somehow I am bearing the expenses of the family by giving tuitions. I couldn’t land any job in the absence of the degree,” Kumar added.
Vice Chancellor Ashok Mittal has responded to Kumar’s complaint. “I know about the case of Amit Kumar. We are now upgrading the system to issue degrees on time. Kumar will also get his degree soon,” Mittal was quoted as saying by mid-day.com.
As per reports, over 50,000 students are yet to receive their degrees from their previous sessions.