After taking serious cognisance of the fact that students try to take admissions in colleges on the basis of false SC, ST and OBC categories, the HRD Ministry has decided to crack down on the fake certificates. After a long struggle to introduce transparency in the system, the AICTE is planning to introduce a database for fake caste certificate cases.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has taken the decision keeping in mind the discrepancies that occur due to these fake certificates. A fake category certificate allows the student to take admission through reservation quota and illegally occupy a seat that otherwise should be given to a genuine student.
According to a circular sent to various engineering and technology institutes by a regulator of the AICTE, the Government of India has expressed serious concern about the complaints received regarding the use of fake SC, ST and OBC certificates to get admissions in educational institutions.
The circular states that these fraudulent activities must be eliminated from the system. It also asked the institutes to identify the fake SC, ST and OBC certificate and keep a record of them. (Also Read: AICTE to increase reserved seats for J&K Students)
The circular has asked all the AICTE-approved institutions to come up with a mechanism to identify cases where fake caste certificates are used during the admission process. The AICTE is the apex body that regulates technical education in the country and grants approval to hundreds of engineering colleges and technical institutions in the country.
The Council has also asked the institutions to share the data with the AICTE on a yearly basis so that a database can be created and frame preventive measures. AICTE will soon be introducing the database that will keep a record of all the fake certificate cases that have been registered. The database will help colleges and universities to take preventive measures and stop students from occupying reserved seats illegally.
AICTE has also notified various engineering colleges and universities regarding the use of fake certificates. It has directed the institutions to be careful during the admission process and asked them to implement a thorough document verification process.
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“Institutes are supposed to verify the certificates but it doesn’t happen all the time. So we have issued a warning to them to verify all such certificates and take strict action,” said a source.
The directive will come into immediate effect and is likely to affect all of those students who have used fake SC, ST and OBC certificates to gain admission. There are over 10,000 institutes, approved by the AICTE, offering different courses across the country. Sources said the degrees of such students will be cancelled, or not awarded.