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Forget entrance exam, Rs 5 lakh will do
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 21
A day ahead of the entrance test for the admission to Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences in Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, touts have started making offers to candidates for "confirmed admissions".

One such tout said Rs 5 lakh could be paid even after getting admissions. As security, he would need original certificates and post-dated cheques for the amount.

Probably for the first time, the offers were made through advertisements in newspapers. The tout inserted advertisements in newspapers, including The Tribune and The Hindustan Times, offering “admission guidance” and "confirmed admissions to MBBS, BDS and BVSc".

When this reporter called on one of the phone numbers mentioned in the advertisement, the person at the other end had identified himself as “Randeep”. When asked as what "guidance" he could offer when exam was scheduled for tomorrow, he said, the "confirmed admission" was only for private colleges. However, after a little insistence, he agreed to help for admissions to Gadvasu.

He wanted the admit card of the candidate to be e-mailed. This, he claimed, was required in ensuring that the right candidate got selected.

During the conversation, which was recorded by this reporter, he also made it clear that the candidate would not appear in the exam himself.

When asked as what was the guarantee of the admission, he said, "We are there and we give you guarantee". He insisted that the original certificates and post-dated cheques for Rs 5 lakh were to be handed over to him before the examination.

About 1,500 candidates will appear in the entrance test for 40 seats of Gadvasu.

It is difficult to ascertain whether the tout had really set up any network to facilitate backdoor admissions. There could be a possibility of cheating people by asking them to deposit their original certificates with post-dated cheques for which he could resort to blackmail.

Dr V.K. Taneja, vice-chancellor of Gadvasu, said the admission process was foolproof and transparent and there was no scope for any backdoor admissions. He said he would look into it and try to find out as who was making such wild claims about the admission to the university.



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