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Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 08, 2013
Stung by attempts at admission fraud in 2012, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have made ‘physical verification’ mandatory for all selected students this year. Unlike previous years, this time students will have to be physically present at the respective zonal centres for the verification of their certificates.

“This year to avoid any attempt on fake admission, we have made it compulsory for students to personally verify their original documents. Till last year, they used to send us the photocopies of their certificates,” said Prof HC Gupta, organising chairman of JEE (advanced).

The process for physical verification began on July 4 and closed on July 8. The second round of seat allotment for IIT will be announced on July 9.

Last year two students , a boy who claimed admission to IIT Bhubaneswar and a girl who claimed to have got admission to ISM Dhanbad,  procured admit cards of students who had cleared the exam. They digitally doctored the photographs on the admit cards and filled in their choice online and got the seats they wanted.

The two were caught after officials accepting their admit cards on the campus grew suspicious.

“In Delhi zone, we trained 12 persons to understand the minute technical aspects of verification. This year because the child has to be in the top-20 percentile bracket of his board, physical verification is all the more necessary,” Prof Gupta said adding: “So far, in the Delhi zone only one student in the general category has been denied admission because of not being in the top-20 percentile.”