Ramjas College is set to bring back forensic experts to scrutinize mark sheets and certificates during admission time. The college brought in forensic experts to check all students' mark sheets and OBC certificates during last year's admission process to make sure they were not forged after being stung by a fake mark sheet scandal in 2011.
The college reported the scam to the police authorities in November 2011 and over 30 admissions were proved to be fraudulent.
The college is ready to bring back the experts this year once more to avoid another admission scam. "We are committed to fair admissions and the forensic experts will be back this year to make sure no fraudulent admission takes place this year," said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.
Two of the experts roped in last year were retired government officials. They worked with the college throughout the admission season to avoid a scandal.
From this year on, the responsibility of admitting students from the Scheduled Caste and Tribes category is also with the colleges. Earlier, admission under these two categories was coordinated by the university. Students registered centrally and were allotted colleges by the university itself.
With this responsibility falling on the colleges now, authorities at Ramjas are happy to have the forensic experts as part of their team.
Other colleges, too, are thinking of adopting a similar approach. "We too are thinking about hiring forensic experts to vet the mark sheets, OBC and SC/ST certificates. An admission scandal has a huge impact on a college's reputation and we would like to avoid it. No final decision has been taken so far though," said the principal of a prominent North Campus college.
Each year, school boards send a CD containing the students' results to the university to help the colleges make sure that the mark sheet deposited by the student is authentic.