Every year, almost without fail, at least one of the numerous colleges under the University of Delhi find fake certificates being submitted during the admission season. Caste certificates, mark sheets and even the Sports and Extra Curricular Activities certificates, trials for which begin in a few days, are all subject to thorough checking to filter the forged ones. If certificates are found fake, it leads to police complaints and dismissals in the middle of the academic year.
Recently, three students had come to a college with marksheets and documents issued by the ‘Board of Higher Secondary Education (Delhi)’. All three of them had filled up the forms and were in the process of getting their documents verified. Cases of fake admission surfaced at Delhi University’s Sri Aurobindo College (Evening) on Monday, following which the matter was reported to police. It was during the final verification process that the machine showed that the documents were not genuine. Apparently, there is no such board and as the officials were trying to verify their claim, two of the aspirants ran away. The third one also ran away, leaving behind the documents, a member of the college’s admission grievance committee reported. Delhi does not have its own board; however, the ‘Board of Higher Secondary Education (Delhi)’, on its website, claims to be an autonomous organisation under the Government of India.
The Dean Students’ Welfare office has also often warned students against touts during the admission days. A tout, according to past experience, is usually well-groomed and does not look shady. He or she will probably approach the student, offering to fill up their forms and asking to look at their certificates. Name dropping will be rampant and sometimes a tout will even go to the extent of talking to some authority milling around. He may be just making enquiries but a student from a distance can be fooled into believing that the authority is personally known to the tout. A student’s details can be copied to build up another student profile. Therefore, the basic rule to follow is to not give anyone your documents, or believe anyone who says they can give you a seat, because the admission process is too transparent and such things are not possible anymore, the authorities say.
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