The arrest of two persons by the local police on Friday for allegedly making fake certificates of Punjab School Education Board is just the tip of the iceberg.
The recent trend of submitting false certificates to get employment is fast catching up among people these days and several of them can be seen contacting those involved in the business of making such certificates.
In the past three months, the Punjab School Education Board has detected around one dozen cases, where fake certificates were submitted to the board for verification.
From August, 2012, the board has received 32 fake certificates for verification. It then started uploading the information about fake certificates on its website. Last year, nearly 300 certificates were issued on behalf of the board, which were found to be fake.
A scrutiny of the data about fake certificates available with the board points out that people had submitted fake academic certificates, while applying for jobs in the navy, police, Medical Council of India, government as well as in private jobs.
After a number of complaints were received by the board, where fake certificates were issued on behalf of PSEB, a committee was constituted last year, which screens certificates sent to the board for verification. This committee meets on the fifth day of every month.
These cases were the ones that were referred by the employers to the board for verification of certificates submitted by the applicants at the time of getting employment.
In May 2012, the Ludhiana police had claimed to have busted a gang that allegedly used to provide fake education certificates of Punjab State School Education Board (PSEB), SAS Nagar, in which they had arrested five persons including superintendents of the board.
The police had even recovered 10 fake certificates, 250 blank certificates, a scanner, computer, a printer and other documents, from the accused. The accused had sold around 250 fake certificates charging Rs 15,000 to Rs 50,000 per certificate.
Other state boards also facing similar complaints
In August 2012, while applying for the post of forest guards with Punjab about 75 youths had submitted fake certificates to the Haryana Education Board. A complaint in this regard was lodged by the forest department with the SAS Nagar police.
Private firms hire professionals for screening employees
Stung by this trend, where several cases of fudging of CVs were reported, most of the companies are now opting to get the employees' verification done by professionals.
Board switched to
The Punjab School Education Board has been struggling to check the sale of fake certificates for long. To deal with the menace, the board stated getting the same printed doing away with the manual filling up of certificates. For past three years, the board is getting the academic certificates printed and had to do away with the old system after about 15 employees were caught selling fake certificates.
Fake certificate row: Two remanded to two-day police remand
The local court on Saturday remanded two persons to two-day police remand for allegedly making fake certificates of Punjab School Education Board, driving licenses and voter identity cards.
The accused Kulwant Singh Multani is a resident of Kajheri in Chandigarh and Gaurav Narula is a resident of Mundi Kharar. They used to allegedly charge Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 to make fake academic certificates of Classes 10 and 12 and Rs 2,000 for fake driving licenses and voter ID cards. The police have seized the computer system and various other documents from their office, which included scanned documents bearing signatures of a board official, district transport officer and other officials.
The police revealed that the accused had saved dummies of fake PSEB certificates, voter ID cards, driving licenses, PAN card on Gaurav's computer.