Titu College Student Poses as DU Student for Admission Coaching: The Scandal Unfolds

Titu College Student Poses as DU Student for Admission Coaching: The Scandal Unfolds

A group of college students, led by Imran Hossain, has been accused of running an online coaching business by exploiting the strong desire of aspiring university students to study at their preferred institutions. Imran, a Master’s student at Government Titumir College, is alleged to have falsely presented himself as a student of Dhaka University (DU) to attract students for admission preparation. He operates a Facebook page named “Learn with Imran,” which boasts over 100,000 followers.

Students of Dhaka University claim that applicants are being misled into enrolling in the coaching, believing it to be run by DU students, which constitutes fraud. They argue that failing to punish those involved will tarnish the reputation of genuine DU students and undermine the credibility of admission coaching platforms.

Imran allegedly presented himself as a student of DU’s Accounting Department to attract aspiring students and conducted online classes for a fee. A screenshot of Imran claiming to be a DU student has been obtained by The Daily Campus, although Imran asserts that the screenshot is fabricated.

Despite being a student at an affiliated college, Imran reportedly attracted students by posing as a DU student. Videos on his page feature him discussing various internal facilities of DU and filming in different locations on the DU campus to lure students.

Imran denied claiming to be a DU student in his videos, stating, “I never said I study at DU. None of my videos mention this. Students come to me because I teach well. I am a victim of a conspiracy.” However, he admitted to not disclosing his status as a Titumir College student and acknowledged filming various types of videos on the DU campus.

Imran accused another online admission coaching platform, “Pro with Shadhin,” founded by Shadhin Ahmed, of orchestrating the controversy. Imran alleged that Shadhin, a former friend and collaborator, spread the allegations to undermine him and maintain his platform’s dominance.

Shadhin Ahmed, however, denied the accusations, claiming he tried to help Imran. Shadhin, a student of DU’s Banking and Insurance Department (2017-18 session), operates “Pro with Shadhin” with his friends and juniors. Allegations against Shadhin’s platform include taking money without conducting promised classes, providing substandard classes, lacking quality teachers, and not refunding students.

Screenshots obtained by The Daily Campus reveal that during the HSC-2022 admission test period, Shadhin’s platform enrolled around 1,500 students for 50 tests, charging 500 BDT each, but only conducted 33 tests before canceling the course. Another screenshot from a 2023-24 session student criticized the platform for poor class quality and false promises.

A former instructor at “Pro with Shadhin” confirmed the allegations against Shadhin, stating that he knew the students and possessed multiple screenshots proving the deceit. Although there were issues with the HSC-2022 course, Shadhin claimed no subsequent problems with other courses, attributing the incomplete tests to the departure of several teachers after Eid.

Despite earning over 5 million BDT annually, Shadhin admitted to not paying taxes, stating that his company registered this year and would clear all accounts from July.

The exposure of these fraudulent practices has led to a loss of trust among prospective students in online coaching platforms. Rakib, an Accounting Department student at DU, remarked that if such fraud continues, DU and affiliated colleges will be viewed similarly. He stressed the need for punishment to protect the identity of genuine DU students and maintain trust in legitimate coaching platforms.

In summary, the scandal involving Imran Hossain and Shadhin Ahmed highlights significant issues within the online admission coaching industry, calling for stricter oversight and accountability to protect students’ interests and uphold the integrity of educational institutions.

AK Kabir

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