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Touts in Delhi University are duping students by giving them false promises of admission.

entertainment Updated: Jun 09, 2010 01:40 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times

Beware of admission touts in Delhi University. With college admission season in full swing, these men are looking for students desperate to get into DU at any cost, despite not making the cut-off.

An HT City reporter, posing as an applicant’s relative, came across one such ‘agent’ who claimed he could secure admission in any college and course, using his ‘contacts’. We sought admission in BCom (Hons) in Shri Ram College of Commerce despite an aggregate of 84 per cent, while the cut off is generally close to 93 per cent.

“I’ll call you tomorrow with a quote,” said the man… and duly followed up with a call from a landline number the next day, saying it will cost Rs 1.5 lakh. The reporter tried bargaining, to which the man replied, “Negotiate nahi kar sakte. Authorities ko bhi paisa dena hai.”

He offered to get admission in a ‘less reputed college’ for less money. We asked for the full rate list and he got back to us with rates for various colleges. He said the entire amount would have to be paid in advance in cash. Probed further about his modus operandi, he hung up and did not call back.

Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, Deputy Dean Students’ Welfare, said, “Admission procedure in DU is transparent. These touts either rig the marksheet or pose as university staff or a member of students union. They dupe students claiming they can get them admitted to any college, but no college can give admission like this. We get 2-3 similar cases every year of students being duped.”

Delhi Police is busy combating the menace. Sagar Preet Hooda, DCP North, said, “We have policemen in plain clothes in the campus looking for these touts.”

It is not just on campus that the touts look for their victims. Last year, a student was duped by a conman who approached him online and the student ended up paying Rs 2 lakh to get admission to Kirori Mal College. The tout later disappeared with the money.

Rate List for (Hons)
SRCC - Rs 1,50,000 and above
Kirori Mal College -Rs 1,25,000 and above
Bhagat Singh College -Rs 1,00,000
Hans Raj College -Rs 1,00,000
Ramjas College -Rs 80,000 to Rs 1,00,000
Khalsa College - Rs 75,000 and above

First Published: Jun 08, 2010 17:43 IST