New Delhi: Every year, parents in Delhi and NCR go through the ordeal of seeking nursery admissions for their children. The claims of the process being transparent notwithstanding, there are still chinks to push in a certain number of kids for the consideration of a suitable amount.
The ugly truth of an admission mafia being active in the Capital is lurking just below the surface of the "merit is supreme" claims. Headlines Today uncovered this well-oiled scam and caught on camera the touts who unscrupulously play with the future of young children.
In Delhi's nursery of corruption, the admission mafia steps in moments after the admission application is submitted. Headlines Today got on camera a tout claiming he could "fix" nursery admissions to a prestigious school for Rs.2.5 lakh.
Rati Talwar, who had recently applied for her daughter's admission to a school, revealed: "Within an hour of submitting the application form, we got a call from S.K. Sharma.
Claiming he could guarantee backdoor entry for my daughter, he asked for Rs.2.5 lakh." She added: "His asking for a cheque of Rs.1 lakh in the name of Springdales School means they all are hand in glove... This is harassment. He had a copy of my application.... From where did he get it?" The child's father, Sandeep, confirmed having seen the application form with him. "He told me to pay up by 4.30 pm," he said.
Going undercover to expose the racket, Headlines Today called up the tout and asked him if the admission offer for Springdales School was still open. In an indication that he had often gone through the motion, he said matter-of-factly: "You need to submit a cheque of Rs.1 lakh in the school's name. It'll include three months' fee. Please write the student's name on the back." He asked for an advance of Rs.75,000 and another installment of the same amount after the admission. "My driver will count the cash and you'll get the fee slip," he added.
Clarifying that he got the application form since he operated among the "business families", he explained the modus operandi: "The old students' association trustees will recommend the child's name."
But the schools dismissed the charge. "The touts have vested interests. Copies of the forms can easily be made... The management of this school is transparent," the principal said.