In Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh another fake certificates scam is unfolding in the management quota admissions to engineering colleges. Fake Class XII certificates by students from “approved by the Planning Commission” and from fake school education Boards in Bangladesh and Nepal are also found to be admitted in colleges. In random checks hundreds of such fake certificates have been identified and process is still going on.
Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education officials are randomly verifying certificates as part of the ratification process of the management quota admissions. Last year’s management quota admissions are already under the scanner.
The management quota ratification is under APSCHE for both states and officials have come across some brazen violations. Only Class XII certificates issued by the member Boards of the Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) are recognised to be false.
Officials found certificates from Boards such as State Board of School and Technical Education, headquartered in Bilaspur of Chhattisgarh while verification. Such a Board does not exist. And even if such a board exists, it is not a member Board of the COBSE.
A senior APSCHE official asked “Many students have submitted fake certificates issued by this Board. Some of them have even submitted equivalency certificates purportedly issued by the AP Intermediate Board. When the Bilaspur Board doesn’t exist, or is not a member of the COBSE, how can the Intermediate Board issue equivalency certificates?”
And another fake certificate claimed to be approved by the Planning Commission and even claimed to have an ISO certification. Officials said “Why in the world would the Planning Commission approve a Class XII Board? It is clearly fake.” And several fake certificates are from Boards in Bangladesh and Nepal.
Another official said “Some of the certificates are issued by existent Boards of other states, but sometimes in the mark-sheet the individual marks don’t add up to the total marks tally. That is a clear red flag,”