Chennai: A major fake marksheet scam has been unearthed in Tamil Nadu. Over 50 students who applied for engineering admissions have been found to have furnished fake marksheets of class 12th state board. The authorities are now keeping a close watch on all students.
“Around 95 per cent of candidates who have applied for TNEA (Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions) are from Tamil Nadu. So we have the total database of the last three years and only the programme has to match. If we find any discrepancy, we send it to the government for verification,” said V Rhymend Uthariaraj, Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions Secretary.
The allotment of seats in engineering colleges to the suspected students has been withheld. A police complaint has been filed and the state government says it will take criminal action against offenders.
“Submitting fake certificates is not a joke. They are indulging in criminal activities and that is why we will have to take criminal action against them,” said Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister K Ponmudy.
It is a demand echoed by most parents and students.
“This is so not fair. We study so hard and get marks and because of these people, we lose out,” said a student.
“Such people should be given very strict punishment,” said the parent of another student.
This is the second such racket involving students after allegations of a possible seat selling racket in engineering colleges came up a few days ago. It is perhaps time now for the state education department to look into the admission process more seriously.