Scottish Universities Warned of Organized Crime Threat

We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events. In this week's Friday news we speak about Sri Lankan president's call for a program that should eliminate ragging at universities, pontentially 4,500 fake degrees from 60 Pakistani universities and a warning to the Scottish universities to be aware of possible organized crime threats.

Sri Lankan president wants to eliminate ragging at universities

Brutal ragging practice in Sri Lankan university system should be put under control after newest program is implemented, reports ColomboPage. While speaking with students at the Bandarawela Central College, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena stated: “In the past few years, the university students of this country had to face many unpleasant experiences due to the unethical brutal ragging.” He also added that the government is now paying more attention to it since power-hungry politicians are also behind these cruel acts. Furthermore, parents should also fulfill their obligations in order to create a future generation that will take over the future of the country.

4,500 fake degrees from 60 Pakistani universities

On June 2, the Indian police arrested lecturer Maqsood Ahmed and two of his associates, Badaruzzama Kirmani and Mohammed Khaja Nizam, for providing an educational certificate for a Pakistani national whose 7-year-long stay in the country has been illegal. Investigation revealed that the lecturer, with his network of brokers and the staff of several universities in Mumbai, Kolkata, and Guntur, obtained and sold at least 4,500 fake certificates from 60 universities across the country. The accused claims that the certificates are genuine but obtained fraudulently. “The lecturer collected Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 for each certificate,” said to the India Times Cyber Crime inspector B Ramesh, who is probing the case.

Scottish universities warned of organized crime threat

Some Scottish institutions are investing millions of pounds in new projects and developments, reports Evening Times. However, they can easily become victims of organized crime. Officers have warned Glasgow universities to be aware of vulnerability to the risk of fraud, money laundering and cyber crime. Chief Superintendent John McKenzie stated: “We will do all we can to deter serious organised crime groups and part of this includes working with those who are responsible for procurement and large contracts in a range of sectors to ensure they take all steps possible to protect their organisations from these kinds of threats.” They also added that collective effort is needed in order to thrive and survive under pressure serious organized crime creates.

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