BALLARI: The Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University, which is investigating a fake marks card racket is suspecting that the nexus is spread to colleges of other universities in the state.
The investigation was taken up by the university following allegations that some students got admitted to various degree colleges in Ballari and Koppal districts using fake PUC and 10+2 marks cards.
Vice-Chancellor M S Subhas said an inquiry team had gone to Maharashtra after collecting marks cards issued by some institutions, which are not recognised. Later, the team had also approached the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, which confirmed that 78 marks cards were not issued by it and were fake.
It was also found that 324 students got admitted to the degree colleges affiliated to the university using fake PUC and 10+2 marks cards issued by various derecognised institutions spread across the country. “Some students managed to get fake marks cards by paying Rs10,000-15,000,” the V-C said. Subhas said the racket is suspected to have spread to other universities in the state.
“The university has decided to seek guidelines and instructions from the state government regarding the next steps in such cases. Now, we will be conditionally permitting all students to take their I, III and V semester examinations. However, the 78 students, whose marks cards are confirmed fake, will not be permitted to write the exams,” he said.
He also said other students, whose marks cards are suspected to be fake, will be asked to write exam at their own risk.
“From next year onwards, the degree colleges will be issued clear instructions as to which PUC II and 10+2 marks cards are not valid. Our online admission will also screen such cases,” he added.