BHUBANESWAR: The higher education department has started a verification drive to detect students who have taken admission in different colleges and universities by submitting fake disability certificates. As a part of this exercise, it has urged the MKCG medical college and hospital, Berhampur on Monday to verify genuineness of persons with disabilities (PwD) certificates of three students.
The department has sent names of three students, presently studying in two leading colleges of Berhampur after getting selected for admission (second selection) to undergraduate courses for the session 2021-23. Two of them have submitted certificates for blindness and low vision, while the third one has produced a PwD-locomotor certificate.
According to the government instruction, the genuineness of PwD candidates is to be ensured from the state appellate medical board before the admission of candidates is confirmed. Hence, the department has requested the medical college for verification of genuineness of the PwD candidates by the institution’s medical appellate board. These students were selected in the spot selection against the PwD vacant seats.
On April 8, the higher education department had cancelled admission of eight students of the BJB Autonomous College, who had taken admission by submitting fake disability certificates for the sessions of 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22.
On April5, the BJB Autonomous College Bhubaneswar had filed a complaint with the Badagada police here against eight students for taking admission in the premier college by submitting fake disability certificates
A teacher at the premier college said a few students or their parents have submitted fake PwD certificates during the admission time. “If a normal student says he cannot see things clearly and submits a fake certificate for the visually impaired, what can we do? There is no scope to detect any forgery during the busy process of admission. That’s why we send these certificates for verification,” he added.