It all began when the headlines broke out about the paper leakage involved in TS EAMCET; and after that, it all went down quickly enough.
EAMCET, the Engineering, Agricultural and Medical Combined Entrance Test is one of the most competitive exams and an essential criterion for admission into the various courses and degrees offered by the Universities and educational institutions of Andhra Pradesh. However much of unrest has been caused due to the mishappenings that came along with this test each time it was conducted. The TS EAMCET-II was conducted recently on 9th July and the results were declared on July 14. Soon enough the news of the paper leakage prior to the exam was reported by the media on the allegations of some students and parents.
On July 25, following the request of EAMCET Convenor N V Rao, Director General of Police, Anurag Sharma ordered CID to conduct probe into the issue. After the preliminary enquiry, a case was registered under Sections 420, 406, 408 read with 120 (B) of IPC and under Section 8 of the Andhra Pradesh Public Examinations (Prevention of Malpractices and Unfair Means) Act, 1997.
The Telangana State CID has arrested two brokers, Gudipalli Chandra Shekhar Reddy of Medak district in Telangana and Shaik Shakeera, native of Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh. Chandra Sekhar Reddy secured four students and Shaik Shakeera secured two students. As per the report released by CID, all the six aspirants were taken to Kolkata by air by Chandra Shekhar Reddy and three more brokers on the night of July 7. There the students were made to practise two leaked TS EAMCET-II-2016 (Medical) entrance examination question papers at a hotel room. Later, they all were returned to Hyderabad on the night of July 8 by air. Reddy collected signed blank cheques and copies of SSC and Inter Certificates of the six aspirants and gave them to a broker who conducted the practice camp in a hotel room at Kolkata, it said.
The number of those involved in the case has risen up to 8 on the recent arrest of two more persons by Telangana CID. “Efforts are going on to apprehend the other brokers and the accused in the question paper leak case,” the CID said.
“Investigation also revealed that those appearing for EAMCET-II-2016 (Medical) examination in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were taken to camps set up in at least five cities about two to three days prior to the exam and given practice with the leaked copies of two question papers consisting of 320 questions with correct answers”, the CID had said.
Also the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was informed by CID officials that Delhi turned out to be the centre for leak and there were 34 brokers, who conspired to sell the paper and as many as 200 parents were in touch with the brokers to buy the question papers. A coaching centre in LB Nagar was believed to be one of the camps for students to practice the question papers. The same coaching centre’s Khammam branch director’s role is being probed as his daughter secured 23rd rank in TS Eamcet-1 while in AP Eamcet her rank was 13,000 plus.
Brokers and sub-brokers belonging to Hyderabad, Bengaluru and other places, including Andhra Pradesh, have been identified; two of them identified as Vishnu-dhar alias Vishnuvar-dhan and Thirumal alias Thirumal Rao, both from Hyderabad.
About 50,964 candidates had appeared for the TS EAMCET-II-2016 examination out of the 56,153 registered. The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad conducts TS EAMCET on behalf of the Telangana State Council for Higher Education (TSCHE) for admissions into various MBBS and BDS courses offered. The action came into light after parents and students’ groups like AISF (All India Students Federation), ASFI (Activists of Student Federation of India) and several other groups raised doubts after many meritorious students failed to get good rank while students who did not perform well in EAMCET-I secured top ranks. Deputy Chief Minister K. Srihari, who holds the education portfolio, and Minster for Medical and Health C. Laxma Reddy said a departmental inquiry had also been ordered following the complaints. Further the EAMCET convenor has been replaced by JNTU-H Registrar Yaddaiah.
The Telangana Chief Minister expressed great concerns over the matter and has ordered the cancellation of EAMCET-II as the only solution. The government has also decided to hold a re-examination for TS EAMCET-II under the name EAMCET-III on September 11.