Racket of securing admission under PIO/foreigner quota smashed

The CBI has unearthed a new kind of racket in Chandigarh, registering a case against 11 students who had obtained admission to a college.

Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 19:38 PM IST

New Delhi: The CBI has unearthed a new kind
of racket in Chandigarh, registering a case against 11
students who had obtained admission to a college under the
category meant for foreign nationals and persons of Indian
origin after allegedly submitting forged documents.

Nishi Kant, the alleged mastermind of the scam and a
resident of Hisar in Haryana, was arrested today, an official
spokesman of the agency said here.

The probe agency registered a case against the students
who were admitted to Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh on
the basis of alleged fake and forged documents.

The CBI alleged that these students secured their
admissions under the scheme of Direct Admissions of Students
Abroad (DASA). The HRD Ministry has entrusted the task of
coordination and financing of admissions under DASA to NIT,
Surathkal (Karnataka).

Under the DASA Scheme, the foreign nationals, persons of
Indian origin and Indian nationals studying abroad are
eligible for admissions. The students have to appear in
scholastic aptitude test II (SAT-II), besides having other
academic qualifications.

The 11 students against whom the case has been registered
had allegedly obtained admissions on the basis of forged
Nepalese identity cards. The students, including five girls,
belong to different districts of Punjab and Haryana.

The CBI alleged that Kant was behind this organised crime
and had managed the admissions on the basis of forged
documents by charging Rs 10-15 lakh from each student.

Searches were conducted at his residence during which
some documents were seized. Documents relating to case have
also been seized from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh,
the spokesman said.

PTI