The APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), formerly known as Uttar Pradesh Technical University is currently conducting the Odd Semester examinations for MBA program. As the examination commenced on December 6, as much as 8,800 students were marked absent. Around 22,000 students are enrolled in over 400 colleges affiliated to the AKTU. Facing this unprecedented instance, the University has started a probe in the possible admission frauds done by the colleges.
The possible scenario that is coming out of the issue hints the relation between fraud admissions and the scholarship that is given to the students belonging to minority communities.
How the matter unfolded ?
As the semester examination marked beginning on December 6, the examination controller asked for the attendance sheets from all 94 centers across the State. It was then only that the unusual behaviour was reported, a ToI report says. AKTU Exam Controller JP Pandey said, “A percentage of absences around 1-2% is usual in all cases but a percent as high as this is unusual. There are around 22,000 students enrolled in MBA first semester in the university.”
AK Shukla, Deputy Registrar, AKTU expressed concern over the attendance figures. He said, “A verification was started during the examinations and daily reports were sought from all the exam centers of the State. It was found that around 40% students of MBA first year remained absent across the centers.”
The Possible connection with Admission fraud
The Social Welfare department of the State government offers scholarship to SC/ST students for pursuing higher education in the affiliated institutions. The Department had already told the University to verify the applications for scholarship carefully. It has been seen in past that the college administration shows the admission of a student only in papers and apply for the scholarship on the student’s behalf.
AKTU officers informed that many of the students who were marked absent in the exam appear to be from SC/ST category and it is quite possible that the reflected figures lead to the admission frauds. AKTU Vice Chancellor Vinay Pathak said the issue suggests that the colleges have fraudulently given admissions to students who exist only in paper.
AKTU administration had recently improved its verification process to tackle such issues. The students are being allotted bar codes to completely remove the possibilities of impersonation. As of now, Mr. Shukla said that the university will depute its officials in all the test centers for physical verification of the students and documents. Additionally, the enrolment numbers of the absentees will also be thoroughly checked, he added.