Newslaundry brings the final fact in the entire controversy surrounding newly elected DUSU president and ABVP member Ankiv Baisoya. So far the ABVP had maintained that Baisoya did his graduation from Vellore-based Thiruvallar University, while the NSUI had alleged that the degree was fake. Now, forget TU for a moment. Newslaundry has access to documents which show that Baisoya was a student at the College of Vocational Studies of Delhi University, and was pursuing BA Economic honours. The same information was confirmed by teachers and even the National Media Coordinator of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Baisoya’s CVS and BA Economics connection

According to the accessed documents, ABVP’s Baisoya was a student with CVS College in Delhi’s Sheikh Sarai area. Two attendance sheets of fifth and sixth semester carry his name. His class roll number for the batch of 2013-2016 was 90. However, he has zero attendance in these papers that are ‘International Trade’ and ‘Political Economy’. The fact that his name was on the attendance list proves that he was a student with CVS. Also, the sixth-semester attendance sheet is from January to April 2016, which indicates that he must be from the batch of 2013-2016.

                                          The CVS attendance sheet accessed by Newslaundry 

Several sources at CVS have confirmed to us that Baisoya was a registered student. “I remember him because he had a rather peculiar name,” said one of the teachers from the Economics Department.

“Ankiv was a student here who regularly took part in student protests and demonstrations,” said a Political Science teacher.

Both faculty members have requested to remain unnamed.

Earlier, Baisoya, in conversation with this correspondent, had said that he had studied from “that university which is being referred” (TU).

When we reached out to ABVP in light of these new revelations, Monika Chaudhary, National Media Coordinator, accepted that Ankiv Baisoya was a student of CVS College between 2013 and 2016. “He withdrew his admission in 2016,” she said. “His case doesn’t fall under the dual degree case.”

Interestingly, Chaudhary also accepted that he (Baisoya) did his first and second year from both—DU and TU. She also accepted that it was humanly and legally not possible for a regular student to attend two different universities located at a distance of 1000kms from each other. She said that Ankiv made a “mistake” and has withdrawn his admission from DU in 2016. She also assured of sharing a No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by the DU administration.

TU fake degree row

On Monday, NSUI shared Baisoya's TU degree, saying that it was a fake. In the last few weeks, NSUI began circulating images of Ankiv Baisoya’s mark sheet from Thiruvalluvar University and alleging that these documents were fraudulent. TU responded to these claims, that the documents were indeed fake, and Baisoya has indeed not graduated from TU. The Hindu and NDTV also ran articles where they claim NSUI received a letter directly from TU, claiming Baisoya’s marksheets were in fact fabricated. In a quote to NDTV, Baisoya said ‘the allegations were false and baseless, and that he was going to file a defamation case against the NSUI. The Hinduverified TU’s claims of a fake certificate by saying they spoke to a controller of examinations at the University who said, “This letter has been sent from our controller’s office. It has been signed by the controller. The certificate is without a doubt fake.”

                                                 TU letter being circulated by NSUI

When asked about the details regarding his course, Baisoya said “I kept moving from Vellore to New Delhi between 2013-2016. During this time, I wasn’t a registered student at CVS.” When asked what was his exact date of graduation from Thiruvalluvar, Baisoya fired blanks. If TU out rightly claims that the degree is fake, how can Baisoya's admission in DU still be considered legal? And is the degree remains legitimate, how can Ankiv Baisoya be a registered student at two different Universities, during the same time? This is clearly illegal and is a violation of norms.

The principal of DU'S CVS College, Dr Inderjeet Dagar, has also been informed of the situation. So far, he has remained silent, and all off DU’s administration has not taken any action in response to the clear legal violations made in the Ankiv Baisoya case. Now that there is evidence against the newly elected DUSU President, what action will be taken against him, and when? Will this amount to fraud and a subsequent cancellation of admission?

(With inputs from Jugal Bhinde)


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Mumbai : The farmers' long march from Nashik to Mumbai will continue after their leaders' late night parleys with Maharashtra government to address their demands remained inconclusive, the march organisers said Thursday.

Farmers have embarked on a 180-km march from Nashik to Mumbai for the second time in the last 12 months to protest against what they termed as the "betrayal" of peasants by the BJP governments at the state and centre.

The Kisan Long March-2, expected to take over nine days to complete, is being organised by the CPI(M)-backed All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS).

The march could not be taken out Wednesday as police stopped many farmers from reaching Nashik, the AIKS claimed. Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan met some AIKS representatives in Nashik Wednesday night.

"We held talks with the minister for over three hours.

The government appeared positive to 80 per cent of our demands. The minister said he would speak to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis first," AIKS president Ashok Dhawale said.

Dhawale said Mahajan informed AIKS representatives that the assurances would be given in writing. "The AIKS has decided to go ahead with the march beginning Thursday morning till the government does so," he added.

Dhawale said police were also present during the meeting with Mahajan. They (police) are not going to stop the farmers now, he added.

Mahajan could not be reached for his comment.

The AIKS has accused the government of not fulfilling assurances given to farmers last year after they marched between the two cities, seeking farm loan waiver, minimum support price for crops, irrigation facilities and provision of pension to agriculturists.

The AIKS also said it is opposed to the multi-billion dollar Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project which has seen several farmers along the proposed route approach court against land acquisition.