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Even with 94.25%, she sought help of fake caste certificate

High cut-offs and the race to get into a 'branded' college made a cheat out of a girl who scored 94.25% in her Class 12 board examinations.

delhi Updated: Jun 26, 2011 00:56 IST
Mallica Joshi

High cut-offs and the race to get into a 'branded' college made a cheat out of a girl who scored 94.25% in her Class 12 board examinations.

Despite getting such a high score, the girl presented a fake OBC certificate at Shri Ram College for Commerce.

Her choice of subject was B.Com (honours) for which she would not get admission under the general category as the cut-off was 96%.

Eliciting a strong reaction from colleges and university authorities, the incident has stirred up a debate.

"This clearly shows lack of parental guidance. Parents want their children to be honest to them but forget this very rule when it applies to themselves," said Deepak Pental, former vice chancellor of Delhi University.

"The rot is deep seated. Students want to flock to these colleges as big corporates hire students from a select few colleges only, perpetuating the myth of 'top colleges'. I don't believe that SRCC teaches commerce better than other colleges but the companies think so," Pental added.

On Saturday Delhi Police came across 11 other cases of admission using forged scheduled caste certificates. But some students HT spoke to feel the pressure to get admission in the so-called good colleges gets to them.

"What are we supposed to do? Despite getting high scores, admission in better colleges of the university is not assured. It a sad affair," said a student, wishing to remain anonymous.

It is this pressure that promoted such scams, feels VK Srivastava, principal of Hindu College.

"Sky high cut-offs, coupled with the perceived reputation of colleges, is forcing people to adopt such means," he said.

Students belonging to SC/ST category are not admitted by the colleges directly.

They have to register themselves with the SC/ST cell, which in turn allots colleges on the basis of merit. OBC candidates are, however, admitted by the colleges directly.

"After students furnish the SC/ST certificates, we create a data-base and do a random sampling. If something fishy appears we send the certificate for verification to the resident commissioner of the state from which the certificate originates," said Gulshan Sawhney, deputy dean, Students' Welfare, DU.

If the certificate is found to be forged, the student's admission is cancelled with immediate effect.

"The most reliable way to find out if a student is lying is through tip-offs. Students who were not able to make it to the list will complain about students who got through using illegal means. We take their complaints seriously and send the certificates for examination," Sawhney added.