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Hamari Jamatia, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 21, 2013
Recruitment of teachers is a routine process in the north corporation, but celebrities seeking employment in the municipality is not.

The short-staffed north corporation was recently left flabbergasted when it received 171 online applications in the name of film stars Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Shahrukh Khan and even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Closer inspection revealed that these applications carried fake phone numbers and addresses.

But it isn’t new for the municipal officials. Every year, the corporation gets prank applications. What is different this time is that their number is unusually high this year, which the officials have blamed on the easy access to Internet. “Some people have too much time and they do not know what to do with it. So apart from sending genuine applications, they also send fake ones for fun,” said an official.

He added that the applicants are also required to post their passport-size pictures. Many of these fake applications have pictures of flowers, children, movie stars and even animals.

Leader of the House Mahender Nagpal said they had invited applications for the posts of 641 teachers for their primary schools and in response, received more than 8,000 applications. During verification of these applications it was found that many were fake. A number of applicants had claimed that they had scored 500 out of 500 in their exams.

Nagpal said the ‘fun’ that applicants had only delays the procedure as the corporation verifies each of the application received with the examination boards to check its authenticity.

“We have made it possible to apply online so that sending applications becomes easier but some people tend to misuse the facility,” he said.