After corruption allegations against the former Director of Flight Training, new allegations have been put against one of the Directors of DGCA. This time, it is Ravinder Singh Jamwal. Mr. Jamwal has been accused of producing a fake master’s Degree for appearing in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam. As of now, no action has been taken against the Director.
Who is Ravinder Singh Jamwal?
Ravinder Singh Jamwal is the Director of DGCA overseeing the Air Space and Air Navigation Services Standards (ANSS) and the Flights Standards Directorate. He was appointed as Director in 2021.
Jamwal was commissioned as a Naval ATC at INS Hansa Dabolim Airport from July 2000 to 2011. He worked as an ATC for a period of 11 years. Then, he joined Reliance Commercial Dealers as General Manager of Operations. In 2012, Jamwal joined DGCA as an assistant director (ops).
After some time, he applied for the post of Deputy Director (Operations). To get selected for this post, applicants should have a degree in Aeronautical/Electrical or Electronics or an MSc degree in electronics or physics. Along with this, they have to go through the UPSC exam. Jamwal was selected for this post in 2016. He worked as Deputy Director for a period of five years. Then, he was helmed as Director in 2021.
In December 2023, the Directorate of Higher Education in Sikkim wrote an application to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. There were a lot of documents attached to the letter. Jamwal claimed that he was certified with Master’s degree (MSc Physics) from EIILM University in Sikkim. However, Sikkim Education Authority told DGCA that there is no such course in EIILM and the certifications are not genuine. Jamwal submitted the same documents to UPSC as well.
After DGCA became aware of this malpractice, it asked the Education Department of Sikkim regarding the genuineness of the degree.
On December 5, 2023, Deputy Director of Administration Varsha Shalini wrote to the university’s HR Department in response to a complaint that had been brought to the attention of the vigilance section. She was requesting confirmation of Jamwal’s degree.
The department confirmed that the degree is not genuine and there is no such course at EIILM University. The UGC does not recognize the physics master’s degree program. Because of this, Ravinder Singh’s degree, which has the enrollment number EIILMU/10/F/2152378, is not authentic.
DGCA is currently investigating the case in a detailed way. It has alerted the Indian Navy and Ministry of Defence about this malpractice. A source said that it is illegal and a criminal offense. He managed to rise above others despite being not competent for the post. Jamwal is considered a highly influential person.
Despite all this, he has not been removed from his position. Jamwal plays an important role in aviation safety matters. He is responsible for managing the institutions issuing ATC licenses and managing communications, navigations, and radars.
This is not the first time that a Director of DGCA has been accused of bad practices. In 2023, DGCA Director of Flight Training Anil Gill was accused of taking aircraft as bribes. With the help of companies owned by cousins and in-laws, he leased these aircraft to flying training organizations and collected the rental dues. As soon as DGCA became aware of this malpractice, Anil Gill was transferred from Flight Training to the Aerosports department. After a thorough investigation, he was suspended.
Source: Indian Express