Almost six months after the engineering answer sheet scam rocked the University of Mumbai, the most important measure to avoid such an incident – installation of CCTV cameras — seem to have stayed on paper.
The examination house in Kalina has two buildings. While the Jyotiba Phule building, where the paperwork is carried out, has 20 CCTV cameras, the Ambedkar Bhavan building, where all answer sheets are saved, has none. “The Ambedkar Bhavan is yet to get CCTV cameras,” said a senior official from the examination house.
Despite repeated attempts, the vice-chancellor of MU, Sanjay Deshmukh, remained unavailable for comment.
On May 22, the Bhandup police arrested eight MU employees for possessing answer sheets of several engineering students, which were supposed to be in the examination house of MU. Further investigations revealed these employees were siphoning off answer booklets from the examination house and handing them back to students to fill up the blank sheets. Students were charged money for this process.
The university had called for a fact-finding committee to plug the loopholes in the examination system to avoid such situations in the future. The committee had suggested frisking employees in the examination house at the time of entry and exit, installation of CCTV cameras, among others, which is now being carried out.
On May 26, Deshmukh had announced they were looking at the number of CCTV cameras needed and the security system will be in place within two weeks. “In the past six months, the controller of examination has requested the university to install CCTV cameras, but in vain. We were informed some funds were also transferred to the university under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) towards increasing surveillance on campus, but none has gone towards increasing security,” said the official.