Days after busting a cheating racket where dummy candidates would take the online test for other candidates to ensure their admission to the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), the police has decided to discuss safety procedures with educational institutes conducting online exams, to ensure there are no loopholes in the entire process.
Investigating officials believe that there are certain loopholes in the online exam process that have been exploited by antisocial elements to their advantage.
An officer who is investigating the matter, talking on condition of anonymity, said that they would be suggesting a few measures that would ensure the online exam procedure is not tampered with. Explaining some of the safety measures, the officer said, “Firstly when an applicant fills an admission form online, there should be a slot to affix his scanned photograph as well, which is not the case in several exam forms currently.”
Explaining the rationale, the officer said that after filing the online form, the applicant gets a centre where he gives the exam. That is the first time, he/she has to give their photograph. “Since, there is no prior photograph, the supervisors at the exam centre cannot check if it the actual candidate or a dummy.”
The exams are conducted by a separate agency that forwards the marks to the college. “Since the agency only forwards the marks and the students name to the college and not his photograph, the college does not realise that the person who appeared for the exam, and the one who comes for the GD and interview, are two different people,” the officer said.
“We will also be suggesting that photographs should be checked at every level. So the college should ask for the photograph along with the name and marks, the officer said. That photo can then be cross verified with the person who appears for the GD and interview,” he added.