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One of India's most prestigious technical schools, IIT Roorkee has declined to lodge any FIR so far against mass coping and irregularities at one of its Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) centre at Bhatinda. The news came to limelight through an acknowledgement obtained in replay to a RTI query filed by Vipin Gupta which said even after four months, no actions were taken despite instructions of the then Chairman, IIT Joint Admission Board 2011 (JAB) and Director IIT Kanpur.
During IIT JEE 2011, an applicant, appearing at Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Bhatinda, had filed a written complaint that some of the JEE candidates were assisted by the college staff and the invigilators in her examination room and that there was mass copying by students in the centre. After the bungling was found by an inquiry committee, IIT-Kanpur, the organizer of the Joint Entrance Examination this year, took grave note of the accusation. Since Bhatinda centre falls under IIT-Roorkee, Director of IIT Kanpur advised the director and the Chairman, JEE, IIT Roorkee to lodge an FIR with the local police authorities so that "the matter could be further examined to administer the blame on the concerned person(s)". While the RTI response reported inaction in this regard, sources further said that certain "privileged" JEE candidates got their roll numbers in a sequence and thus were seated in a single room. "This obviously could not have been possible without the conspiracy of IIT JEE Roorkee officials," sources pointed out. In a shocking exposure, it is learned that the IIT Roorkee faculty members, Professor CSP Ojha (Civil Engineering) and Professor Prakash Biswas (Chemical Engineering), who were supervising the JEE Examination at Bhaitinda centre, had remained silent to the complaint of copying, the sources said. Furthermore, the issue was buried by the concerned faculty members. The issue was brought up by the parents of the JEE applicant, who had to lodge a written complaint with the Chairman, JAB and Director, IIT Kanpur. "With no FIR lodged as yet, it only compounds to our suspicion," they said to The Pioneer. A similar incident was brought by the sources in 2008 from a centre in Kota (Rajesthan). The JAB later decided to abolish Kota as a centre for IIT-JEE. Yet, the inquiry committee's findings were not revealed. In another case, an RTI query had disclosed that the son of an IIT Kharagpur Director and JAB Chairman, Prof S. K. Dube was caught coping in JEE at a Delhi JEE Centre. However, no FIR was lodged and no investigation was carried out by any official agencies.
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