Bihar – already subjected to several controversies on account of reports about the state board’s allegedly dubious conduct of school exams has hit the nail hard again. Mass copying was witnessed in colleges under the Veer Kunwar Singh University (VKSU) as the degree part 2 examinations which began on Thursday at 41 centres and 87,000 candidates appeared for it. The colleges under the university are spread over Bhojpur, Buxar, Kaimur and Rohtas districts.
In the photos that have gone viral, hundreds of BA Part-II examinees of Maharaja College and Paihari Ji Maharaj College, Ara, are seen seated on the floor of the college veranda to attempt a physics exam, with books, notes and guess papers strewn about. From the sources it has been revealed that the students of Maharaja College, Jagjiwan College and PMJ College were assigned to take their examination at the centre. They were found copying from chits, books and even cellphones. The students can also be seen in a huddle, and having discussions in the photos. This clearly emphasize on the fact that the change of government has brought no improvement in the education system.
With photographs of the chaotic scenes apparently taken by some examinees and their relatives having gone viral on social network sites, the education department on Saturday woke up to the menace of mass cheating in examinations. A shocked education minister, Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma, ordered an inquiry and assured of ‘tough measures’ to prevent repetition of the incident. Meanwhile, VKSU vice-chancellor Syed Mumtazuddin sought a report from the server appointed for the centre, and ordered the cancellation of around 300 students’ examination for mass copying. The University will now hold the re-examination on September 20.
On the other hand, Principal of Kunwar Singh college Paramhans Tiwari said the university had assigned 4,400 students to take the exams, though the college could seat only 2,400. Singh said when he asked why students were sitting outside and writing the exam, he was told that due to overcrowding, the candidates found the room hot and were moved out. Lamenting the lack of infrastructure in the college, the principal said the institution got little financial aid and support from the university, and had to buy desks and benches from ‘internal resources’. The principal, however, denied that the examinees used unfair means.
Claims of mass cheating are over-blown allegations. The incident has reminded the people of a similar incident at Vaishali in 2015. Photographs had then shown parents scaling the four-storeyed school building trying to pass chits with answers to the examinees.
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