An intelligent dummy to take the online test for management courses, forged documents and gullible students were all that a gang of six used to earn crores out of students keen on making it to the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. The racket was busted on Thursday.
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), said, “The gang has been active for the last three years. Of the 400 selected candidates for the 2013 batch, 61 have taken help from the gang. Twenty-six others on the waiting list, too, have used their services. Also, 22 candidates from the 2011 batch had secured admission through this racket.”
According to Roy, the institute uses another company, Pearson Vue, to conduct the exams, which the accused took advantage of. While filling their forms online, they used the name of the candidate and put their own photograph.
“They told the candidates that for getting admission in management quota, they would have to pay Rs15 lakh for a seat. The dummy candidate was paid Rs1 lakh for an exam. The candidates were told that they would be helped in clearing the online test, while the student would have to take care of the group discussion and interview,” Roy said, adding that the NMIMS has no management quota.
The admission process gives 70% weightage to the online exam and 30% to the group discussion and interview.
“The arrested accused were so bright that they would be top scorers in the test. This made the other two examinations redundant for applicants,” he said.
The accused forged documents such as PAN card, Aadhaar card and election cards for the online test. Crime branch officials said that the firm that conducts the test would have to rework their strategy.
The arrested accused include Pavan Kumar, 32, an MBA and career counsellor from Ghaziabad; Brajendrapratap Singh, 29, a career counsellor from Delhi and Pune resident Himanshu Shekar, who has a hotel near DY Patil College at Akurdi.
They ran coaching classes, worked as mediators and got students.
Alok Kumar, 36, was the BTech graduate who took the exams and brothers Hanumant Singh Gujar and Sugriv Singh Gujar, both BTech graduates, forged documents and acted as mediators between students and Kumar.