An applicant 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.
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
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.