It is appalling that Goa Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai chose to grab that
so-called Honoris Causa PH.D degree from an unrecognized and little known
Logos University International which is an unaccredited private university
in Florida founded only in 2006.

It was incumbent for Governor Pillai to ascertain credentials and repute of
that University as he is duty bound to safeguard the solemnity and sanctity
of his very high position as Governor and also Chancellor of Goa
University. Logos University is not recognised by our Ministry of Human
Resource Development or University Grants Commission. Infact there are very
stringent guidelines about such foreign universities.  Governor Pillai
should have sought the advice of the Vice- Chancellor of Goa University but
in his own enthusiasm went ahead with acceptance of that sham honorary

An inquiry by the Ministry of Home affairs is needed on this issue since
it's a foreign University not recognized by the Govt of India but possibly
trying to seek legitimacy through the backdoor by influencing the Governor
of a State through such cheap publicity stunts. Our central intelligence
agencies need to probe if this foreign university has given similar
honorary degrees to any other Governors and Politicians in a bid to
influence them.

Governor Pillai must urgently seek a clarification from the University
Grants Commission on the legality of his honorary foreign doctorate and
must gracefully surrender it. In this sordid episode there has clearly been
glaring serious issues of breach of security at Goa Raj Bhavan who didn't
run a check on this foreign university.

This whole stage managed dubious conferring of this Degree is scandalous
and smacks of a fraudulent act. It is unfortunate that the presence of
distinguished Padmashree His Holiness Sadguru Brahmeshanand Acharya Swamiji
and His Eminence Filipe Neri Cardinal Ferrao, Archbishop of Archdiocese of
Goa and Daman was engineered to try and legitimize this sham. Eminent
personalities must tread cautiously whilst being manipulated into attending
such dubious functions.
Adv. Aires Rodrigues

C/G-2, Shopping Complex

Ribandar Retreat

Ribandar – Goa – 403006

Mobile No: 9822684372

Office Tel  No: (0832) 2444012


You can also reach me on AiresRodrigues



Reply via email to