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Pune Police asks academic institutions to get pro-active against admission touts

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 9:50am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Colleges tell parents to come forward with information if they have been approached by touts

Pune: With newer cases of conning people by promising admissions on the rise, and the admission season soon to pick up in most colleges, many police stations have upped their efforts to counter admission racketeering. Adopting a multi-pronged approach, some police stations such as Deccan Gymkhana and Kothrud having a majority of educational institutes under its jurisdiction, have sent notices to colleges. The notice asks colleges to adopt strict measures to prevent fleecing of candidates such as putting up boards on campus, updating websites and printing on admissions forms besides holding counselling sessions for aspirants.
In the recent past, several cases have been reported, in which admission agents have duped gullible parents and their wards to the tune of lakhs of rupees by promising them admissions from management quotas in institutes such as MIT, Symbiosis, Fergusson College. 
“Unfortunately, a large majority of the cases registered in the past are still not solved, which means that conmen have a well-developed network and easily slip away. The main admission season will now begin post results, and already cases have started cropping up as these touts start their ‘advertising’ in advance. That’s why we have requested colleges to make efforts, since the police comes into picture only after crime is committed but they can help in preventing these crimes,” said Pravin Chaugule, senior police inspector of Deccan-Gymkhana police station.
Putting up boards on the campus and printing messages on admission forms are some of the instructions given to colleges, apart from alerting the police of any suspicious activity is noticed, he added.
Senior police inspector, Kalyan Vidhate of the Kothrud police station said they have also notified colleges such as MIT group of institutions to take preventive steps.
Colleges do their bit...
Speaking to dna, principal of the Modern College, Rajendra Zunjharrao said that since class XI admissions will commence now, they will be putting up notices on the college campus and the college website.
“In many cases, we see parents handing over their original documents, and later land in a soup, as they require these documents for other admissions. Sometimes even attested copies are misused, which is an important thing that parents must keep in mind. It is better to notify authorised persons in the college, if someone contacts a parent, as this can also help institutes understand and plug the leak on how data of aspirants is shared,” said Zunjharrao.

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