In a bid to avoid fake caste certificates the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has taken a serious note of it. Citing cases where fake SC, ST and OBC certificates were used by candidates to get admission in colleges, the AICTE has decided to create a database of such cases in order to undertake preventive measures.
In a government notification, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has stated its concerns about the Government of India receiving complaints regarding the use of fake SC, ST and OBC certificates for getting admissions in educational institutions.
"In view of the serious concern expressed by the Government of India", the circular has urged all the AICTE-approved institutions to devise a mechanism to identify cases where fake caste certificates are used during the admission process.
Also, it has instructed all the the institutions to send the data to AICTE annually, so that a database can be created and measures to prevent fake certificates could be carried out. The AICTE gives approval to hundreds of engineering colleges and technical institutions in the country.
The AICTE was constituted in 1945 as an advisory body in all matters relating to technical education. Even though it had no statutory powers, it played a very important role in the development of technical education in the country. It had four regional committees with offices at Chennai, Mumbai, Kanpur and Calcutta. All the new schemes and proposals for starting new institutions/Programmes were approved by the corresponding Regional Committee and subsequently vetted by the Council.