Degree certificates to be issued: Tariq Zubair does not bow down to the pressure

Posted on May 12, 2016

It is a known fact that in order to imbibe the best education, one must set aside huge amounts of money. But, does it even boil down to receiving a much deserved degree certificate is the question.
Tariq Zubair, an ambitious graduate went to pursue his MBA in 2010 from APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow. He had a backlog in his course and cleared it only in May 2014. Would one believe he still hasn't got his degree certificate?

Tariq took a paper in his Business Administration masters called Human Values and Ethics and was unable to clear it in his first attempt. In his second attempt nearly two years later, he managed to pass the examination. He, along with around 30 others, who went to collect their certificates after the results, got snubbed. “The deputy registrar of who goes by the name Shishir Dwivedi finds channels to loot money. He asked for a bribe of Rs. 15,000 to process our degree certificates,” complained Tariq to I Paid A Bribe.

Shishir apparently lets his peon collect the money for him. Luckily for Tariq, he is not entirely alone in his protest against paying the bribe. Around 20 of his own classmates are condemning the corruption that persists. However, the others who have paid the required amount have walked away with their certificates. Tariq says that the money is not an issue but insists that he won't cave in to the corruption. “Why should I pay a bribe for getting a certificate that is mine? It is my two years of hard work and I will not get it by paying money. What value will it add to my life then?,” he angrily questions the system whilst speaking to I Paid A Bribe.

Tariq is quite distressed for still not receiving his MBA degree. He is currently the head of a school in Bhopal. However, he said that a Principal without a masters degree is considered void in the job market and this will affect his future. “We spend around Rs. 2.5 to 3 lakhs per year for getting educated and to get a certificate that is rightfully ours, we are asked to pay money. This is hard earned money and it is the future of students that these people are playing with,” he said urging the respective authorities and I Paid A Bribe to take needed action.

- By Aruna Krishnan