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DU touts exist since ages

The Delhi Police may have caught three people who forged SC/ST and OBC certificates to get aspirants admission to Delhi University (DU), but these are not isolated cases. Neither is the method they used the only one available.

delhi Updated: Jun 26, 2011 23:15 IST
Mallica Joshi

The Delhi Police may have caught three people who forged SC/ST and OBC certificates to get aspirants admission to Delhi University (DU), but these are not isolated cases. Neither is the method they used the only one available.

Touts and impersonators have, for many years, been duping aspirants, their parents and college authorities.

While forging certificates is a way to trick authorities, there are others to deceive aspirants.

Most touts who promise admissions in return of money are found hanging around colleges during the admission season. A majority of them are DU students or recent pass-outs.

Have good relations with teachers
"Many students who were involved in these rackets are very active in college and university politics and activities. Hence we get to know them well," said Bhim Sen Singh, principal, Kirori Mal College.

"They activate their network during admission and start to visit us more often. The day they find an aspirant, they meet the teacher or principal in the aspirant's presence and feign camaraderie," he added.

The aspirant goes on to believe that the principal or teacher is hand in glove with the tout and agrees to pay the 'fee'.

Admission in more sought-after DU colleges costs between R5 lakh and R3 lakh. Aspirants are given fake admission fee slips, ID cards and roll numbers. "The trouble begins on day one when two students have the same roll number or the roll number given by the tout is not in the register," Singh added.

Three students who secured admission through these means were caught last year at KMC. This year too, Singh has come to hear of two such cases but is waiting for the first day of college to find out who they are.

Duping in second/ third cut-off list
Another way to trick students is to look for students who are missing out on a seat in the preferred course by a few

marks. Touts tell students they will get them admission in subsequent lists.

As they have good relations with teachers, a comment about the expected dip in upcoming cut-off lists holds the key. If their candidate will become eligible in the subsequent list, they assure him/her admission. Once the list is announced, the student easily makes it through.

"The touts don't have to do any real work. They use the candidate's impatience and their proximity to teachers to their advantage. Had the candidate waited for the second list, he/she would have got admission anyway," said SK Vij, former dean, students' welfare, who has come across many such cases.

In the first case, touts demand money before college starts and then disappear, while in the second case, payment is demanded after the student takes admission.