In a recent clampdown on Gujarat IELTS scam, three persons from an overseas education consultancy firm were arrested in Ahmedabad for allegedly forging markesheets and helping out students to get admissions in the institutions abroad.
It was found that the trio- Manish Zaveri (manager of the firm), Nirav Vakharia (a visa consultant), and Jitendra Thakor associated with an unidentified firm known as ‘Uniworld Education’ based in Paldi area of Ahmedabad were involved in helping out students getting their placements abroad using forged marksheets by extracting lakhs of amount in return.
“The accused were involved in making fake marksheets of students planning to go abroad to pursue higher studies. They were changing marks in subjects like English, scores of which need to be high for securing admission,” said Sumit Rajput, Inspector, Ellisbridge police station.
He added further, “During the raid conducted at the premises of the coaching centre on a tip off, we recovered 31 marksheets of Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board and Saurashtra University for BBE course.The accused were charging hefty amounts for this work. We have seized Rs 23.75 lakh cash, computer sets, mobile phones etc in the raid.”
Another reaction dropped in from Praful Gadhvi, who conducts career-building in Ahmedabad- “Some people conduct IELTS exams four times a year to illegally send them abroad. Some administrators arrange exams for students in three-star hotels in the hinterlands. These exams are conducted online. At the time of examination, a scam is being practiced to get good marks by side-lining bright students as dummy students.”
The accused have been booked under sections 406(criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 465(forgery), 467 and 468 (committing forgery crime used for the purpose of cheating), and 120(B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal code, according to the sources.