Gaya College, a premier institution of Magadh University, recently put up a notice for examinees banning them from writing their papers wearing shirts with folded cuff.
“Either you come in half sleeves shirts and T-shirts, or the sleeves of full shirts should be unfolded and well buttoned but not rolled up”, said the direction.
This notice, came on the heels of the discovery during frisking at examination halls, that several examinees were concealing chits in the folded cuffs during the ongoing degree part III (final year graduation) examinations (May 2-15, 2017), said principal MS Islam.
Though the direction has put some examinees under pressure to arrange half shirts or get their sleeves lopped off, it has brought much relief to invigilators.
For frisking women examinees by women teachers and cops, the college has created exclusive ‘frisking spaces’ separated by heavy curtains.
However, another MU college, GJ College, Bihta, is battling more ingenious brains using technology to attempt copying, using mobile phones.
“All through the examination period, our invigilators try to check whether anyone tried to get answers through WhatsApp or internet,” said Kumar Rajiv Ranjan, principal. “Since there are over 3000 examinees and no police force is made available to us by the administration, it is a tough task to frisk each examinee,” he said, adding, that the invigilators tried to collect mobile phones before distribution of question papers.
A few days back, when an examinee was asked to display the photo gallery of his mobile phone, invigilators were stunned to find it packed with dozens of images clicked from guess papers and other books, said the principal.
“Bid to copy through use of WhatsApp or other applications of mobile phones is the latest craze among MU examinees”, admitted Shailesh Kumar Singh, member of the three-man special flying squad for Patna and Nalanda districts.
He said all centre superintendents have been directed to ensure that no examinee carried mobile phones inside the venue.
Shyamal Kishore, another squad member said that KST College, Biharsharif, has kept ready thousands of envelopes to store cell phones of examinees separately during the examination hours.