Durgapur, Sept. 13: The Industrial Training Institute (ITI) here has filed an FIR against 153 students for securing admission by furnishing fake Madhyamik marksheets.
The revelation points to a thriving racket in fake marksheets in Burdwan with the authorities putting the lid on primary school teachers who had secured jobs after furnishing fake documents last year.
“We have asked the police to take strict action against people involved in the racket of forged marksheets, we will not spare them,” said minister for school education Kanti Biswas.
He, however, appeared resigned to the fact that such crimes were difficult to stem. “In today’s world, even Rs 500 notes are being forged,” Biswas said.
The ITI administration grew suspicious of students who had got themselves admitted into vocational courses despite scoring around 70 to 80 per cent in Madhyamik. “We wondered why these boys were in vocational training when they could easily have carried on higher studies,” an ITI official said.
It was during the counselling of these candidates at the MBC Institute of Engineering and Technology in Burdwan, that the scam was discovered.
The accused students were among 537 candidates who had been sent to the institute from across the state.
During the counselling from August 6 to 10, the teachers were surprised at the high marks that a large number of candidates were producing.
The authorities sent 163 marksheets to the regional office of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education here. The board confirmed that 153 of them were forged. They had irregularities in index numbers, roll numbers, colour and even the board’s logo.
All the 153 candidates have been expelled from the ITI.
Instances of candidates seeking employment as primary school teachers and teachers in madarsas with forged marksheets have become common in the district.
“Only last year, 59 primary school teachers were dismissed from their jobs for producing forged marksheets,” said Shibaji Porel, chairman of the Burdwan District Primary Teachers’ Council. In the same year, 17 teachers in government-aided Hindi medium schools and madarsas were sent packing on the same charge.