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Another Guyana offshore university accused of defrauding students
Published on December 28, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

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By Andrea Fernandes

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The largest selling English language daily newspaper in the world, the Times of India, has reported that another Indian-owned offshore university located in Guyana has been defrauding international students, seemingly with the blessing of Guyana’s National Accreditation Council (NAC).

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

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 have 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 questioned the wisdom of the Guyanese authorities, who are apparently allowing these kinds of universities to operate in their country without due diligence.

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

The investigative article on the AISM was published 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” that have been operating in Guyana and the Caribbean.

At least five senior reporters and contributors from the Guyana Guardian, the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and the Times of India had agreed to assist 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 that 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 has been at the forefront of the investigations in Guyana and has so far published a number of articles on the subject matter, which initially focused on the Texila American University and the NAC.

Texila American University threatened to file a lawsuit against the Guyana Guardian, and at least one local education official, Vincent Alexander, 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 the Guyana Guardian 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 reportedly operates out of the Buddy’s Night Club on Sheriff Street, while the others function out of rented properties.

Republished with permission of the Guyana Guardian
 
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Comments:

anuj sharma:

multiplicity of laws & lack of uniformity in accredition and an umbrella organisation makes it difficult for students to ward off risky and shady institutions and all civil service or university exams run the risk

Jonathan Izor:

I know a student who was defrauded of $20K by Colin Wilkinson, President of AISM, by the way, there is enormous evidence that Wilkinson purchased his so called MD PhD, from a Caribbean institution- He is not qualified for such a degree. You can begin by asking what institutions he obtained his MD, PhD from. I know Wilkinson as a person- he sleeps with every female staff and female students in Sandy Babbs 4 room rented (AISM) University campus !!!, You should also contact Annarhuda Sukrhaj, popularkly known as Ana. I can testify against Wilkinson any time i'm invited. He does not possess a genuine MD, PhD degree---you can begin your investigation from there. The so called Campus in Stone Mountain, Georgia is laughable- Colin Wilkinson is the biggest International con artist of all time-


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