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Way2k 4 Oct 2012
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NU: Mass cheating allegation on engg
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Even as Nagpur University is battling all kinds of woes, including series of paper leaks and another Kohchade-style revaluation / re-totaling scam, it has been rocked again by allegations of "mass cheating" during examinations in engineering colleges. These new revelations has further disgraced the lethargic NU administration which has miserably failed to take stringent action against copying and showed signs of awakening only after getting complaints. NU sources said that the university is planning to constitute an enquiry panel to probe the allegations of cheating. Sources disclosed that many new colleges have turned to these unethical practices in a desperate bid to boost their results and attract students.

NU Mass cheating allegation on engg

They blamed the NU administration for offering students of these engineering colleges their own colleges as exam centres, thereby providing the management and lecturers with enough chances to help them clear the tough exams. This includes dictating and writing answers on the blackboards during examinations. NU had received many complaints in this regard, but the administration failed to act on it. Controller of examinations (CoE) Siddharth Kane categorically denied these allegations stating that they hadn't received even a single complaint and had only heard of these rumours. "Unless we receive any official complaint, we can't proceed ahead," he clarified. Former engineering dean and management council member Dinesh Agrawal however stated that these allegations might be true considering the fact that first year results of many new colleges were unexpectedly high.

"In NU's list of colleges performing exceptionally well in first year exams, maximum of them are new ones while those operating for over two decades are seen struggling. The meritorious students prefer old colleges due to good faculty and infrastructure while new ones hardly have either of them. This raises enough suspicion on the performance of these colleges. In fact, these kinds of rumours were circulating for quite a while, but this is the first time that NU had received complaints," he said. Engineering dean Ravindra Kshirsagar, while endorsing that NU had received many complaints in this regard, demanded immediate enquiry into the allegations. "Though both vice chancellor and CoE are in the denial, these allegations are certainly serious in nature and I am planning to raise the issue during next Board of Examinations (BoE) meeting."

Agrawal attributed practice of offering students their own colleges as exam centres for such malpractices and stressed on the need to change them. "Old colleges get same centres while new ones are given different ones. But from last couple of years, all these new ones are becoming exam centres as they were fulfilling some of the parameters including presence of full-time approved faculty and facilities. But, mushrooming of colleges had led to unhealthy competition among them and they adopt such unfair means to promote their students and gain popularity. But students shouldn't fall prey to such misnomers," he warned. The CoE however stated that NU was contemplating the move to change exam centres of all NU colleges irrespective of faculties to prevent colleges from using any such malpractices.

NU B.E 1st yr result in last six years:

Year

Percentage

2007

54.31 %

2008

54.38 %

2009

53.71 %

2010

38.85 %

2011

35.47 %

2012

37.22 %

Courtesy: Times of India

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