It seems looks do matter. The Agra police on Saturday night busted a racket in which 10-12 year-olds were found correcting the answer sheets of undergraduate students from various institutes affiliated to Meerut’s Chaudhary Charan Singh University during a raid on a house in Lawyers Colony.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the students, who were obviously unqualified to pass judgement on any set of papers, rated the answer sheets of Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Computer Applications and law students on the basis of the way they looked.
So, long answers were given more marks than short ones — even if they were pages of rubbish. Similarly goodlooking pie-charts and graphs scored over those done by less artistically inclined students — never mind the information there.
Some of those found checking the answer sheets were graduates — but no one was competent to check the copies they had, the police said. ‘Junior’ teachers were paid about Rs 2 per answer sheet for their work while the graduates were paid around Rs 6-10, the police said. “We found about 10,000 answer sheets from the house,” said a police source.
Six people including one R.P. Singh, the son of the University’s registrar B.L. Arya, were arrested.
Sources said Singh, a research scholar at the Khandari campus of Agra University, had rented the house in Lawyers Colony on July 22.
Some 40 professional colleges, in cluding Rockwood Business School (Noida), Amity School of Computer Sciences (Noida) and Institute of Technology & Science (Ghaziabad) are affiliated to the University.