Jamia Milia Islamia University has been asked by the Delhi High Court to frame well-defined guidelines to deal with the cases of students caught using unfair means in their examinations.
Justice Hima Kohli gave this direction to the university while ticking it off for not promoting an MBA second year student, Syed Arshad Hussain, to the next academic session on charges of using unfair means in his examination, an allegation that the institution was not able to prove. The judge also asked the university to promote Hussain and allow him to take the final year examination.
While directing the institution to fix norms for dealing with cases of students caught cheating, Justice Kohli said, “The vice-chancellor of the university shall ensure that requisite updated guidelines are prepared and circulated to all the personnel who shall be involved in the examination process.
The court’s order came on Hussain’s appeal challenging the university decision against witholding his promotion to the next academic year despite the vigilance probe against him failing to prove use of unfair means by him in the examination held in January last.
Hussain, a B.Tech from the university, had enrolled himself in its three-year part-time MBA course while working as an engineer with a private firm. In his plea, he had pointed out that the alleged cheating material which had been recovered from his possession was an ‘official’ document and had nothing to do with the examination.
“All out efforts must be made by educational institutions to nip such illegal activities in the bud and bring the guilty to book. But to attain the said objective, the authorities must be quick to act,” the court held.