The race to get admission in various management and technical colleges in Noida and Greater Noida has begun. Students, who had appeared in the Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination (UPSEE), on April 22 are now trying to secure a seat in government and private colleges in courses such as BTech, MBA, BPharm, BArch, etc.
But the admission season has spelled a boom in business for touts. Touts, posing as college students, camp near the campus to ensnare students who have not scored well and are doubtful if they will be able to get through the university cut-offs. According to university officials, touts posing as 'agents' offer seats to students.
"People in swanky cars came to the university and told us that they could expedite the admission process, irrespective of whether our names figured on the cut-off list or not. They asked for our certificates and copies of the admission forms and a 'security deposit'," said Amit Verma, a B.Tech aspirant.
Over the years, Noida and Greater Noida have become hubs of engineering and management institutes affiliated either to Mahamaya Technical University (MTU) or Gautam Buddha Technical University (GBTU). There are 408 colleges affiliated to MTU and 307 to GBTU. While MTU has a campus in Noida, GBTU operates from Lucknow.
“Colleges have started charging extra fee from this season. Earlier, one needed to pay R5 lakh donation to secure a B.Tech seat, but now it comes at nothing less than Rs 7 lakh. Of this, 25% is our share. To escape the scrutiny, the transaction is carried out secretively,” said a tout.
Knowledge Park in Greater Noida has around 87 technical colleges and is a heaven for touts, who are trying to make money during the admission season.
According to sources, the admission fee in engineering colleges is between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 7 lakh, and for management courses it can go up to Rs 10 lakh.
"The colleges cannot give admission to a student on their own. There is a procedure that all colleges have to follow. The university will fill the seats through the counselling process," said an official from MTU, requesting not to be named.
However, the university officials have warned students to not to fall in such traps and follow the admission guidelines.
“Students should keep following the university's website. We are regularly updating admission information on it. They should either download the form, or come to the campus to collect it. There should be no other way to get admission," said Prof SK Kak, vice-chancellor, MTU.
B.Tech course in computer science, information technology and electronics and communication is in demand. The admission fee varies from college to college, with the minimum pegged at Rs 3-4 lakh per course.