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Another exam scam rocks Bihar, pass marks given for blank answer sheets

education Updated: Jun 16, 2016 09:53 IST
Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar
Hindustan Times

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Close on the heels of the inter-examination toppers’ muddle, another seemingly major scam has been unravelled in Bihar, this time at the Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University (BRABU), headquartered at Muzaffarpur in north Bihar.

Around 30 students enrolled in second year of BRABU’s Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) course for session 2013-16 have been declared pass, even though they had not written a single word in their answer sheets.

The results of the candidates were declared recently.

The startling irregularity was revealed during an inquiry conducted by the university officials after getting numerous complaints from students. The university authorities have now served show causes notices on and summoned the examiners concerned.

Confirming the development, examination controller-cumproctor of BRABU Satish Kumar Rai said action would be taken against those found responsible for the major irregularity.

“The matter came to light when the students applied for the scrutiny of their marks. When the answer sheets were taken out, we found that not a single word has been written on 30 answer sheets. But, passing marks have been awarded to them. All these answer sheets are of LND College of Motihari in East Champaran district”, he said.

Rai said a list of examiners concerned had been prepared before summoning them. “The answer sheets are of practical examination, in which written and practical examination both are held,” said the examination controller.

This is not the first time that marks have awarded on the blank answer sheets in BRABU.

The varsities examination department had hogged the limelight last year, when marks were allotted on 40 odd blank answer sheets of final year examination of homeopathy.

The court of chief judicial magistrate issued warrants against former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and his wife Usha Sinha in the Bihar intermediate toppers’ scandal.