Dead­line over: Just 4 col­leges put ad­mis­sion pa­pers to foren­sic tests

Khalsa Helps Three Oth­ers Scru­ti­nise Doc­u­ments, De­tects One Fake

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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.

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