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Kirori Mal principal faces ethical query

Raising ethical questions, the daughter of Kirori Mal College (KMC) principal SP Gupta took the University Grants Commission's National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) from the examination centre in the same college in December last year. Mallica Joshi reports.

india Updated: Jul 23, 2013 00:15 IST
Mallica Joshi

Raising ethical questions, the daughter of Kirori Mal College (KMC) principal SP Gupta took the University Grants Commission's National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) from the examination centre in the same college in December last year.

Kirori Mal College was chosen as the coordinating body for the exam in Delhi and Gupta was the coordinator. Gupta's daughter, Rupali Gupta, sat for the test in commerce at Kirori Mal College and passed the test with 70.29% marks.

While the roll numbers for the test are allotted by UGC, the centres are allotted by the coordinating body. There were eight other centres where the test for commerce was held. On passing the test, candidates become eligible for lectureships.

However, Rupali Gupta was not the only applicant who seems to have benefitted from the college being the coordinating body. The children of the logistics in-charge for the exam, Satpal Gupta, a lab assistant in the college, also sat for the exam at the same centre.

Interestingly, the roll numbers of all three were in a sequence. They sat in the same room for the test.

SP Gupta, however, maintained that there was no irregularity and conflict of interest.

"Yes my daughter gave the exam from KMC, but I was not the coordinator for the centre. I was the overall coordinator for the exam," he said.

Most educational institutions in the world have a declaration for teachers, which says that their children or close relatives are not sitting in an exam where they are involved.

In Delhi University itself, for example, all teachers are supposed to sign such a declaration. If their wards are taking an examination, they cannot be associated with it in any way, be it paper setting, moderation and even invigilation.

The UGC has, so far, received only an anonymous complaint in the matter. "We cannot take action on this complaint. We need a complainant. It is certainly an ethical dilemma," said Akhilesh Gupta, secretary, UGC.

Other officials, meanwhile, said that there was nothing wrong in the practice.

"Our observers were present for the examination. If a case of cheating was seen, they would have alerted us. I don't think there is any possibility of cheating in the examination," said Surendra Singh, deputy secretary, NET, UGC.