After last year’s controversy over Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) president Ankiv Baisoya’s ‘fake marksheet’, this year DU has decided to conduct a large-scale forensic check of all post-graduate
marksheets after the admission process is completed.
The university is keen to focus on the marksheet of the students admitted to the law faculty and the department Buddhist studies, as maximum number of candidates come from these streams to participate in the DUSU elections.
A senior official of DU, on the condition of anonymity, told TOI that DU will “make sure that all PG marksheets and documents are scrutinised and checked after the admission process is over. We will employ a team of experts who will look through the documents from multiple universities and coordinate with them to ascertain that the documents are not fake. We are doing this to avoid another situation where for months DU did not have a union president as Baisoya’s documents were under investigation. “
Last year, Baisoya was under investigation after allegations by NSUI members, who claimed that his documents from Thiruvalluvar University of Vellore were fake. After months of investigation the allegations were found to be true and Baisoya, a student of Buddhist studies, was forced to step down by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). He was also suspended from the students’ organisation pending completion of inquiry.
Members of ABVP had claimed that Baisoya was asked to resign to “maintain the outfit’s reputation” before the Delhi High court heard the case on November 20.
The standing committee on admissions, in its meeting, decided that colleges and departments of the university will be asked to “adopt appropriate steps for online forensic verification of all mandatory documents submitted by the candidates”.
The committee also accepted the recommendations of the admissions committee that the forensic validation of the documents may be done only for those documents which cannot be verified through online resources after last day of admission.
Member of the standing committee Rasal Singh stated that the step is part of DU’s “zero tolerance for such illegalities”. He said that “this has being introduced to check admissions on the basis of forged documents. It will effectively counter the malpractices by few students.”
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Reported by The Times of India