The Nagpur University, which had been struggling wipe off the blemish cast by the infamous bogus mark-sheet and revaluation scam, again finds itself the midst of a fresh controversy. This time, the over eight-decade old university, has suffered a big blow after revelation of the Bachelor of Physical Education (B PEd) scam and the subsequent arrest of the chairman of Board of Studies of Physical Education, Chandrakant Duble on Sunday.
According to University sources, Nagpur police arrested Duble for allegedly accepting money from students in return of helping them clear the B PEd examination. An agent from West Bengal, Animesh Mandal, former student of Rani Laxmibai Physical Education College, Sawargaon is also arrested while Prof Babulal Dhotre from Hazrat Tajuddin College, who is currently hiding in Tamil Nadu, are yet to be arrested in this connection.
“It is true that money was taken from B PED students with a promise of getting them through in the examination. The answer sheets of students who had paid money to clear the examinations had a special symbol for identification,” informed Dr Gauri Shankar Parasher, pro-vice chancellor of Nagpur University.
He said that the university administration learnt its lesson from the past experience and was prepared to handle any situation now. “Anyone involved in the scam would not be spared,” he said. Earlier, several teachers, including a deputy registrar and a vice principal of an engineering college here were put behind the bar in revaluation scam, a decade ago.
The B PEd examinations started on March 7 this year and these special symbols on the answer sheets were found by the examination controller during the valuation.
According to Dr Parasher, some students stormed the university on Saturday with an audio recording of an unidentified tout demanding money from them and assuring them of clearing the examination. These students, who were pursuing their degrees from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Sharirik Shikshan Manavidyalaya, Katol and Rani Laxmibai Sharirik Shikshan Mahavidyalaya, Swargaon, fell in the trap. They claimed to have paid the money and were awaiting their results. However, some examination department officials found something fishy on the answer sheets and withheld their results.
Each student was asked to shell out Rs 2,000 for each paper. There are six papers in B PED examination and some students even paid Rs 12,000 to pass in all the papers.
The estimated amount which was circulated by the racket is said to be over Rs 50-lakh. Over 66o students had allegedly paid money to some members of the racket to get themselves passed in the examination.