CCTVs mandatory for PUC exam centers

Karnataka: Considering the question paper leak & various malpractices in the March/April PUC final exams last year, the Department passed a decision to get all the exam centers equipped with CCTV Cameras. The decision was aligned with the suggestion of the CID investigating the case of last year’s question paper break.

“Private and aided colleges identified as exam centers have to install cameras using college funds while government colleges have been asked to make use of cumulative funds. No center is exempted and in case they fail to install CCTVs, they will not be considered as exam centers,” said a senior official of the department in a statement to New Indian Express.

CCTV at exam centresThe deadline set for the above said the action was January 1, however, nearly 45 % of Pre-University colleges in the state are still to install the CCTV cameras as per the guidelines.  The statistics show that there is total of 1003 colleges that have been identified as the exams center for the PUC second-year final exams. Out of which only 55 % colleges are those who have adhered to the guidelines and are now equipped with the installation. Seeking the situation the Department has further extended the deadline to February 2017.

An official from the department reportedly said, “All exam centers will be equipped with CCTVs before exams commence. The scheduled date for the PUC second-year exams to commence is March 9.

The decision taken last year was an action to restrict any chances of exam paper leaks as the case was in 2016. The Crime Investigation Department put forward their suggestion to the Department which was taken openhandedly and implemented. CID also suggested the installation of CCTV Cameras in the treasuries, where question papers are submitted before the commencement of examinations which is still to be considered.

The entire network of PUC Exams center comprises 1202 government colleges, 1936 unaided pre-university colleges, 637 aided PU Colleges, 165 bifurcated pre-university colleges and 13 corporation pre-university colleges of the state.

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