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BU forms panel to probe fake mark-sheet scam

A COMMITTEE of senior officials was constituted recently to look into the suspected fake mark-sheet scam that recently came to light at the Barkatullah University. The committee is expected to submit its report in ten days.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 12:36 IST

A COMMITTEE of senior officials was constituted recently to look into the suspected fake mark-sheet scam that recently came to light at the Barkatullah University. The committee is expected to submit its report in ten days.

Once the committee submits the report, the university would decide on lodging an FIR with the police, Registrar Laxmikant Dwivedi told the Hindustan Times. The Registrar conceded that prima facie it looks as if there have been irregularities that might have led to issuance of fake mark-sheets for B Ed course in 2003.

The university officials recently found that 14 pages with records of at least 41 students had been added to the tabulation register available with the Examination Department. The record in this tabulation register forms the basis of the issuance of mark-sheets.

The records on these additional pages do not match with the records maintained at the confidential department of the university. Also, the typing pattern, the papers used for the additional records and other details do not match with the official records heightening fears about a possible scam. The university officials suspect that these fake records might have been used to issue fake mark-sheets to the students mentioned in the record.

Though the scam was unearthed last week, it took the university such long time to form the committee. The university would wait for the committee report to lodge an FIR.

The B Ed course has always been in eye of storm with several irregularities and scams getting associated with it over the years. Two years ago, the then registrar Anvesh Mangalam had unearthed a scam involving use of fake domicile certificates and fake mark-sheets of pre-B Ed exams for seeking admissions.

Meanwhile, the university has also come across examination forms of some students whose names do not appear in the admission lists submitted by the respective colleges. Already, the university officials came across 20-25 such exam forms.

The Registrar said that steps are taken to keep an eye on such forms and each form would be crosschecked with the colleges before rejection.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 12:36 IST