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Admission only a call away

Every year Delhi Univ records 10-15 fake admission cases done on the basis of SCST certificates provided by touts.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 15:58 IST

Delhi University records every year 10-15 cases of fake admissions done on the basis of SCST certificates provided by touts, according to university statistics.

The Hindustan Times met some students and touts who explained how it takes merely a phone call, a fake SCST certificate and anything between Rs 45,000 and Rs 1 lakh for securing admission.

“Both average and good performers approach us,” said Raman, a tout who operates near DU’s Sports Complex where SCST admissions are done.

For anyone seeking the easy route, hunting for a tout is not tough. A DU student, who procured admission in an elite north campus college using a fake certificate, said: “Usually, ex-students are involved in the racket and they operate through mobile phones. A meeting with a tout costs Rs 5,000. The tout is responsible for filling, submitting and making a computer entry of the SCST form. This costs Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000.”

“This is done with the complicity of non-teaching staff operating at the windows. The details are inserted only after the registration window shuts down at 5 p.m.” “It is a simple procedure whereby the person is declared SCST from a far-off address. Usually, it is an un traceable addresses from villages of Rajasthan to places like Bulandshehr, Ghaziabad, Bijnor and Meerut where verification will be tough.

Since the certificate is made in the father’s name, there are very little chances of being caught.” The student is asked to carry the original and photocopies of Class X and XII certificates, which are submitted at the centralised SCST office in DU.

Depending on the student’s choice of department, non-teaching staff there facilitate an allotment at a certain college. “If someone wants to be admitted to a better college, it costs an additional Rs 5,000,” said Raman. “After a candidate’s name figures on the list of SCST admissions then he contacts us. We hand him the certificate for Rs 30,000 along with an admission slip which mentions the college. The price is negotiable depending on the social status of a student.” This SCST certificate bears the ‘seal of DU’s SCST office’.

A photocopy of this is submitted to the SCST office, while the students are advised to destroy the original. If anyone gets suspicious, then the touts have a solution for that also. They ask students to cough up some extra cash that is used to stop any verification procedure that may be undertaken. As for the originals of X and XII, they can be extracted from the SCST office on the pretext these have to be furnished for an entrance exam in another university.