PUDUCHERRY: The Puducherry French Indian Rights Forum on Saturday demanded that the scam in admissions into professional colleges through the Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC) be handed over to the CBI for investigation.
The Forum president M Illango said that already, the forum members had met Chief Minister N Rangasamy and stated that the inquiry and scrutiny of documents by a committee of Revenue officials would not be proper because the fake residence certificates were issued by officials of the Revenue Department. He insisted that a genuine verification of certificates be done since this formed the basis for admission of students under Puducherry government quota, in which students only from the UT are eligible.
Expressing apprehension of such malpractices in the past, he demanded that the inquiry encompass students admitted in the last five years and that the committee inquiring into the scam should include two non-official members as in other government committees.
To avoid any fraud in future, Ilango suggested that the residence and other certificates of the candidates selected for admission be uploaded on the CENTAC website along with their merit-list from next year.
It may be recalled that five students from Tamil Nadu had got admission into the MBBS course in government seats through CENTAC, with fake residence certificates and subsequently their admissions were cancelled when the issue came to light.