At the request of American authorities, police in Mehsana district in Gujarat have launched a probe to unearth an alleged racket in which ineligible students are getting help to acquire high International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores to obtain admission to colleges in Canada so that they can be then sent to the US.
The report further informed that the probe so far has revealed no transparency was maintained by the agency which took the exam, as CCTVs of the hall were turned off during the exam held in September last year.
In March, US border authorities arrested six youths from Gujarat during a failed attempt to get them unauthorised entry into the country from Canada.
These six Indian nationals from Gujarat were arrested from a sinking boat in the Saint Regis river in Akwesasne, US which is close to the Canadian border.
When they were produced before a court in the US, they failed to answer the questions asked by the judge in English.
Meanwhile, the criminal fraud investigation unit of the US Consulate General in Mumbai sent a letter to Mehsana police to conduct an inquiry to find out how these four students from Mehsana received very high scores and which agency or agents were involved.
It is important to note that the IELTS is an international standardized English language proficiency test for non-native English language speakers, with a good score being necessary for admission to good colleges in several countries.