Applicants on North Campus on Monday. Touts were seen last year as well. M Zhazo/HT photo
Suspected touts, posing as Delhi University "agents", are lurking on the varsity's North Campus and near other opportune spots, waiting to ensnare susceptible hopefuls who are not sure of making the cut into some of the courses and colleges for want of better marks.
Several aspirants claimed that they were approached by people offering help with the admission process. "People in swanky cars came to the North Campus and told us that they could expedite the admission process, irrespective of whether our names were on the cut-off list. They asked for our certificates and copies of the OMR form and a 'security deposit'," aspirant Mohita Khurana said.
Varsity officials said the modus operandi of the touts hinged on forging the original certificates and OMR forms of the hopefuls.
"The touts first ask for certificates, which they photocopy. They also forge the certificates and submit them. Many a time, they forge the OMR form which students fill in and promise parents and aspirants that they will ensure admission. But mostly, these touts do nothing and just take the money and disappear," a senior DU official said, requesting anonymity.
The varsity officials maintained that the "agents" were not part of the DU circuit and sounded a warning to students, cautioning them against carrying their original certificates while on trips to fill pre-admission forms.
"After a scam at Ramjas College involving fake marksheets, it is clear that the touts are outsiders who have no link whatsoever to DU. Though there is no mechanism to keep a check on this as a precautionary measure, students must not carry their original certificates unless they are registering under a special category or taking admissions," added the DU official.
Admissions under the extra-curricular activities category were foolproof, the official argued, because DU had laid down guidelines this year.
Some of the students who had sought admission last year claimed they had been promised seats in prized courses in exchange for money.
"Someone posing to be from DUSU contacted me and told me that I could get a seat in BCom (Hons) in Khalsa College, for which I would be charged Rs. 2 lakh. I arranged the money but the deal ultimately fell through," said Gagandeep Puri, who had applied to DU last year.