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The world’s largest selling English newspaper says another Guyana university is defrauding students


Georgetown, Guyana – The largest selling English daily newspaper in the world, the Times of India had recently reported that another Indian-own offshore university that is located in Guyana has been defrauding international students, seemingly with the blessings of Guyana’s National Accreditation Council.

See the Times of India article HERE.

The American International School of Medicine (AISM), which is operating out of Guyana with a makeshift branch in Coimbatore, India, had claim that its degrees are recognized because it is registered with Guyana’s National Accreditation Council and the World Health Organization (sic).

However, the World Health Organization has stated in an email response that such a claim is fraudulent and untrue, while the Times of India had found that the degrees that are issued by the institution are useless.

Authorities in India and South Africa has since suggested that the mere issuance of the degrees to their citizens by the Guyana based university is an act of international money laundering and fraud.

They vehemently questioned the wisdom behind the Guyanese authorities who are supposedly allowing these sort of universities to operate without due diligence in their country.

An Editorial staff at the Times of India who had also investigated the story, told the Guyana Guardian today that many of the affected students in India and their parents are blaming the lax policies of Guyana’s National Accreditation Council (NAC) since many of these questionable universities were able to defraud the students easily based upon the NAC’s supposed accreditation or alleged endorsement (via their website) of AISM’s degrees.

The investigative article on the AISM was realized after the Times of India had agreed to lend its journalism support to an ongoing investigation by the Guyana Guardian into several Indian operated degree mills (bogus universities) that have been operating in Guyana and the Caribbean.

As a matter of fact, at least five senior reporters and contributors from the Guyana Guardian, the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and the Times of India had agreed to aid each other in their collective investigation of many of these offshore universities.

The investigations which are still ongoing have since yielded a dossier of embarrassing undercover information which the consortium of journalists intends to hand over to the US Federal Bureau of Investigations, after airing a related documentary on their findings in the second quarter of 2017.

The Guyana Guardian have been at the forefront of the investigations in Guyana and have so far published a number of articles on the subject matter, which had initially focused on the Texila American University, and Guyana’s National Accreditation Council.

See some of those articles HERE and HERE

That institution had threatened to file a lawsuit against the Guyana Guardian, while at least one local education official, Mr. Vincent Alexander, had sought to defend its operations in Guyana via a letter in the Stabroek News (a local private newspaper), in which he claimed that the Guardian’s articles were defamatory.

To date, no such lawsuit has been filed, even though this publication had challenged Texila to do so.

Apart from Texila American University, and the American International School of Medicine (AISM), the international media is currently investigating the operations of several others, including the Georgetown American University, Greenheart Medical University, Rajiv Gandhi University of Science and Technology, and Alexander University, which are all offshore universities that were established by various Indian citizens, who are doing business in Guyana.

Alexander University operates out of the Buddy’s Night Club on Sheriff Street, while the others functions out of rented properties.

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Andrea Fernandes
Andrea Fernandes is an Assistant Editor at the Guyana Guardian.

1 Comment on "The world’s largest selling English newspaper says another Guyana university is defrauding students"

  1. The fraudent higher education institutions, owned or sponsored by Indian nationals attempted such schemes in the UK a few years ago. These are rogues and shameless business people who care only about making money from poor people, many their own Indians and African students. As, it’s easy for Indian citizens to blend into the Guyanese society, it was a matter of time it would fall victim, also. I worked in colleges managed by UK where students from Indian and other non EU countries are exploited by these “scumbag” business people. Poor families are paying off huges debts to money-sharks back in India whilst these greedy and unscrupulous individuals lined their pockets. Guyana must enforce proper back checks, and have a robust risk diligence policy to reduce corruption and fraud in education institutions.

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