Deadline over: Just 4 colleges put admission papers to forensic tests
Khalsa Helps Three Others Scrutinise Documents, Detects One Fake
New Delhi: There were quite a few red cheeks last year when Delhi University Students’ Union president Ankiv Baisoya was found to have gained admission in an MA course after submitting fake graduation documents. This year, after the admission process in July-August, the smarting university authorities gave the colleges till October 10 to complete the verification of papers presented by the students. But as the deadline passed on Thursday, very little had been done in this regard.
Sunil Singh, the admission-in-charge at Kirori Mal College, said, “It was absurd of DU to ask us to finish the verification process by October 10. The students are yet to give us some original documents such as caste certificates. We will wait for the colleges to reopen on October 14 after the Dussehra holidays to resume the process.”
Most colleges complained that forensic verification was difficult in the absence of the students’ original documents. Many institutions, in fact, are still to zero in on the forensic experts that they will need to consult.
One exception is SGTB Khalsa College, which has not only completed its forensic scrutiny but also those for Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College, PGDAV (Evening) College and Mata Sundri College. In 10 days since October 1, Khalsa’s forensic science department has gone through hundreds of documents — marksheets, caste certificates and other paper — of the three colleges and even detected fake marksheets submitted by a student while gaining entry in ARSD College.
G S Sodhi, associate professor at Khalsa, revealed that other institutions, among them Ram Lal Anand College, had approached them for the task of verification. Sodhi said that with postgraduate forensic sciences students of the college doing a commendable job, other colleges could hire Khalsa and avoid costly consultations with private forensic experts
As for the fake ARSD documents, Vibhuti Jain, a Khalsa student involved in the work, disclosed, “To the naked eye, the Class X CBSE and Class XII Haryana state board marksheets looked genuine. They were laminated, but we realised they were fake by comparing their weight with authentic marksheets. We also used ultra-violet light to see whether the two documents had optical threads, holograms of the boards and fluorescent serial number and signatures. Because they were colour photocopies, these features were missing.”
Prajakta Harne, assistant professor at the college added that visualising equipment were also used to magnify the documents for a clearer look at the fine print and infra-red light to detect smudges and overwriting on the papers.
Gyantosh Jha, principal of ARSD College, said the student had admitted to the faking of the two marksheets and claimed it was a mistake. “He has agreed to submit his original documents, but the college will take disciplinary action against him,” said Jha.