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Iranian student got MBA seat with ‘fake letter’, probe on

Student denies allegations; UoP tells college to cancel admission. Student denies allegations; UoP tells college to cancel admission.
Written by Chandan Shantaram Haygunde | Pune | Posted: February 12, 2014 6:12 am

An Iranian student allegedly took admission for an MBA course by submitting a forged document of the International Centre of the University of Pune to her college — Allana Institute of Management Sciences, Azam Campus, Pune Camp.

Moreover, Matin Haghdast Majidi, who had failed in a subject during graduation, was declared passed after revaluation. Her marks increased from 6 to 32 in that subject.

The UoP on Tuesday issued a letter to the Allana Institute of Management Sciences for cancelling Matin’s admission. A copy of this letter was also given to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Foreigner’s Registration Office (FRO).

The letter signed by Dr Vijay Khare, Director, International Centre of UoP, mentions that Matin submitted a fake “firm letter of offer for admission” (ref no 305 and dated 11/09/2012), to get admission to the MBA course for the 2012-13 academic year.
Khare said, “The letter Matin submitted was not issued by the UoP. The student is liable for strict action.”

Matin said she had done nothing wrong. “I have taken admission as per the procedure. I got the letter from UoP’s International Centre for MBA admission. I did fail in a subject but during revaluation, I got grace marks and passed,” she said.

“It is hard to believe that the letter that Matin submitted is fake. It looks original with signature, stamp and other details,” an officer from Allana Institute of Management Sciences said.

The letter carries signature of Dr Gaikwad Vishwas, former in charge of the International Centre. Gaikwad said he never gave the letter to Matin. “As per records, Matin passed the entrance exam for MBA but she is not among the foreign students considered eligible,” he said. He added that foreign students failing in graduation are not eligible for PG courses even if they apply for revaluation.

Police sources said there have been cases of foreigners being involved in forgery cases, particularly for admissions and marksheet related issues. “Some local agents contact foreign nationals and take money for providing forged documents. There is need to probe Matin’s case to identify these racketeers,” they said.

Khare said, “We will improve our system. After a foreign student is held eligible for a course and allotted a college, we will inform the respective colleges so that they can cross-check at the time of admission.”

According to FRO, a majority of the foreign nationals coming to the city are students and the conduct of most of them is good. “However, some of them indulge in mischief. We will continue to take action against them,” said joint commissioner of police Sanjivkumar Singhal.

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