Hassled Delhi University aspirants, who have been unable to meet the cut-offs, are now being promised a seat in the college and course of their choice - all for a 'nominal fee'.
Such students are being asked to contact the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) officials, who will then redirect their case to the respective colleges and fetch them a seat.
"I want to do B.Com. (honours) from DU, but I don't meet the cut-off. As an alternative, I will contact the union and ask them for help," said Ashish Dutta (name changed), an aspirant.
In a separate incident, students applying to off-campus colleges like PGDAV and Deshbandhu were not allowed to enter the college premises by people posing as DUSU members on Thursday morning. "These so-called DUSU workers stood outside the college gate, distributing their visiting cards and assuring students of guaranteed admission in the college. We found it extremely difficult to enter the premises as they had blocked the entry," said Rohan Sapra (name changed).
Last year too, people posing as representatives of the students' union had promised many aspirants college seats in exchange for a fee.
"Someone from DUSU contacted me and told me that I could get a seat in B.Com. (honours) in Khalsa College, in exchange of R2 lakh. I arranged the money, but the deal ultimately fell through," said Gagandeep Puri, who had applied to DU last year.
Principals of colleges across DU have, however, taken cognisance of the situation and tightened admission norms, following greater accountability under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
"These people are frauds and colleges will not admit any students who are being recommended by union touts. Students who are facing any such problem must contact the Dean or the respective college principals to avoid being duped," said VK Kawatra, Principal, Hans Raj College.
DUSU too has denied any such activity and claimed the union did not do such things. "Neither the ABVP, nor DUSU is responsible for this.
These are touts who are just using the union's name to dupe the students by asking for money and holding their documents ransom. We get calls from students to get them admitted in colleges, but we don't entertain such requests," said Jitender Chaudhary, president, DUSU.
University authorities have admitted that they have received many such complaints. "The proctor's office is looking into these matters. We are coordinating with the police as well. A misleading notice which assured admission to desired colleges was seen and reported to the police. I don't think anyone will indulge in such acts. If caught, officials and teachers risk losing their jobs. Some students get fooled easily, but they need to be more careful," said Dinesh Singh, DU's vice-chancellor.
(with inputs from Rajat Arora)