Even six months after a cheating in Indian Institute of Technology- Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) examination, the premier institute has failed to initiate action against the officials responsible for the same.
Teachers of Gaini Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Bathinda were apparently found guilty of allowing mass copying in the IIT-JEE examination in April this year.
The IIT’s joint admission board had black-listed the college and debarred the college principal and two invigilators from taking part in future IIT-JEE examinations following a report by an inquiry committee in June.
The committee had established nexus between college officials and students, thereby enabling them in copying. It was a rare case of IIT aspirants found cheating with an earlier case reported from a centre in Kota, Rajasthan.
After examining the committee’s report, the board had also directed IIT, Roorkee to lodge a complaint with the police to establish the liability of the concerned persons and initiate criminal proceedings against the accused.
It has not happened. The IIT Roorkee in reply to a RTI application says that no case has been lodged with the police as the matter was still under investigation. Even the action taken report on the recommendations of the advisory board has not been prepared.
There have been allegations that a few students caught copying were related to officials in IIT and a probable reason for cheating taking place in such a systemic manner.
Many insiders in the IIT system are questioning the delay saying it was helping those responsible for bringing bad name to the country’s premier educational institution. “It shows that the IITs are not serious about tackling the copying menace,” a senior professor with an IIT said.