Boy who qualified for IIT course found to be ‘fake’

A boy from Bihar who had qualified the IIT JEE 2012 and was subsequently selected for admission to IIT Bhubaneswar for a B Tech course is one of the two fake students identified by the IIT authorities. His fake identity was established during the admission process in June when he failed to convince the IIT officials that the photo on the admit card was his.

"The boy had already deposited Rs 40,000 and had come here for document verification when he found that there was quite a mismatch between him and the photo on his admit card. He was evasive and said it was an old photograph. But we insisted that he bring in some old ID card of his college days. We let him go when he sad he would come to us soon with an old ID card," said IIT Bhubaneswar registrar B K Roy.

However, who had brought his belongings with him disappeared and never returned. The IIT authorities waited for him and also sent letters to his home in Bihar. There was no reply. "We have now cancelled the seat," said Roy.

The four-year-old IIT Bhubaneswar currently functions from several rented buildings and has 120 seats for its B Tech course.

The registrar said authorities don't insist on more proof if there is a slight mismatch. "But this looked different," he said. Meanwhile, an inquiry has revealed that the photo on the admit card was somebody else's and it was digitally altered. "Now we are insisting that the photographs have to be the latest with date on it," said the registrar.

Earlier a girl who had qualified for admission to Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, was caught in a similar incident when she had come for admission. She first denied any wrongdoing but decided to quit when threatened with arrest by police.

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