The functioning of DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology (DAVIET) has come under scanner, as its principal AK Sangal has been accused of violating Punjab Technical University (PTU) norms by conducting exams under his supervision as controller of examination (COE) despite his son also appearing for the same.
Bhagwan Singh, president, Sarvhitkari Welfare Society, in his complaint to the PTU vice-chancellor, alleged that Sangal's son appeared for his second semester exam of computer science and engineering discipline in April.
“The university norms bar deployment of relatives of students appearing in the exam. Even entry to the examination centre of such relatives is barred. He had helped his son in exams,” he alleged.
He alleged that Sangal's close associate and assistant professor in mechanical engineering Sanjeev Saini was deployed as the assistant to the COE for obvious reasons. “On October 25, 2011, PTU registrar HS Bains had officially served a warning to Saini for alleged irregularities in evaluation of answer sheets by him. He was warned to be extra vigilant in future," Bhagwan Singh alleged.
Sangal, when contacted, admitted that his son was also studying in the institute. He said he was working as the COE for overall supervision of the exams, while the superintendent, invigilators and the PTU observer were directly conducting the exams.
“It had happened inadvertently since college principal is deployed as the COE by virtue of his office. Besides, I never signed the internal assessment report of my son's batch and had authorised an institute lecturer to do so,” he clarified.
PTU public relations officer Rajneesh Sharma said that the examination department has initiated a probe into the complaint.
“We will take requisite action after we get the inquiry report. Besides, it will be ensured that all employees deployed on examination duty file undertakings that none of their relatives are appearing for the exams. In case, such undertakings are found to be false, strict action will be taken against the institute concerned,” he added.