The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has finally revoked its affiliation to the VR College in Vaishali, which was accused of manipulating the results of its students in the intermediate examinations held this year. Students of the institution will be accommodated in neighbouring plus-two schools.
Patna divisional commissioner Anand Kishor, who is the acting chairman of the BSEB, told HT that the action was taken on the basis of the report of an inquiry conducted by former board secretary Hassan Waris. “A show-cause had been served to VR College, and it was supposed to reply by June 15. However, it did not do that. Today, we decided to permanently cancel its affiliation,” Kishor said.
Waris’ report, which was submitted on May 2, spoke in detail on how the college had worked ‘miracles’ with the examination results. The college produced four of the state’s 18 toppers in the Class 12 science and arts streams this year. One of the meritorious students was none other than the daughter of the college proprietor, Amit Singh.
“The laboratory, library and classrooms of VR College didn’t seem like they were ever used. When the committee members asked for records, they received none. They couldn’t produce the records even when we gave them time,” the Waris committee report said.
The board also set up a three-member inquiry committee comprising board secretary Anup Kumar Sinha, deputy secretary Kameshwar Prasad Singh and Waris to investigate four other Vaishali colleges that have come under the scanner. These institutions are the Sant Kabir Mahant Ram Dayal Das College, Sanjay Singh Plus-Two Higher Secondary School, Ram Videshi Singh Mahavidyalaya and Vasudeo Singh College.
The committee is expected to submit its report in 10 days.
Sources said there was a lot of evidence against VR College and the other institutions to prove that the results were manipulated in connivance with board officials. “The ambit of the inquiry will be widened as and when we get more information on the wrongdoings of other colleges,” an official said.
The board on Wednesday suspended 24 officials, including two who are already under arrest, and served showcause notices to three others. “A cleaning-up exercise is on, and we would like to undo the damage done to the board and the state,” said BSEB secretary Anup Kumar Sinha.