To increase the chances of employability, more and more people are submitting fake academic certificates — a trend that can be gauged from the fact that in the last one year, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has detected 150 fake certificates which were submitted while applying for jobs.
In a recent case, the education board detected two fake Class 10 certificates submitted by the job applicants to the Union Bank of India and PUNBUS. These certificates were found fake by the PSEB when the employers forwarded them to education board for verification.
It may be mentioned that Ludhiana depot manager of PUNBUS had forwarded certificates of one Parminder Singh to PSEB for verification. However, the board did not find any record of the certificate submitted by Parminder. The certificate showed that he passed Class 10 in 1989 from Jalandhar, but the board’s records didn’t show any such entry.
Similarly, Union Bank of India’s general manager had forwarded certificate of one Deepak Gabariya for verification. The month of issuance on the certificate was March 2010, which too was found to be fake.
After detecting these fake certificates, the education board has written to the concerned recruitment agency to take appropriate against those who had submitted the certificates. The board on its part has blacklisted the candidates and to shame them, it has also uploaded their names with details on its website.
“We write to the recruitment agencies in case we detect fake certificates to take appropriate action and blacklist them, besides uploading their details on our website. We have digitised all our old gazettes, which will help us verify certificates online,” said Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal, chairman Punjab School Education Board.
Stung by fake certificates, the Punjab School Education Board started uploading the names of persons submitting fake certificates on its website from August 2012. In 2013-2014 education board had detected about 40 fake certificates, while in 2012, about 50 certificates were found fake and in 2011, about 300 certificates were detected to be fake.
These certificates were detected during verification drive of the certificates forwarded by various offices for verification.
Girls outnumber boys
••The number of fake certificates issued to girls was more as per the records of education board.
••Some of the certificates were sent for verification by universities and police. Most of them came from employer organisations who wanted to verify the academic qualifications of job seekers.