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PU to use metal detectors to curb cheating

Jyotsna Jalali, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 05, 2012
First Published: 20:12 IST(5/12/2012) | Last Updated: 23:41 IST(5/12/2012)

Taking a cue from the recent exam cheating racket at PGI, Panjab University is all set to make invigilation strict during its semester exams, which are scheduled to start from the second week of December.

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The university authorities said this time they would be using a metal detector to check students coming in to take exam.

Besides, the students would not be allowed to carry their mobile phones even on switch off mode inside the examination hall.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, examination controller AK Bhandhari said, "We are adopting all possible means to check the use of any unfair means during examinations this year. We will also put more invigilators on duty as more people would mean better coordination and less number of cases involving unfair means."

Besides, a new examination room has been set up near the mathematics department, where around 400 students can be accommodated at a given time. Now, the university authorities have thought of allocating the same to private students, who will be appearing for exams.

The university authorities are also contemplating to have mobile phone jammers, but could not go ahead with the same because of financial constraints.

"Each room would require a mobile phone jammer and the same was not economically feasible, therefore we dropped the idea. Reports say students mostly use chits for cheating. We still haven't become that tech savvy," added Bhandhari.

This year, the university has come across around 150 cases of unfair means from different examinations centres of colleges, which are affiliated to PU.

The number of cheating cases has gone down as compared to last year. Around 200 cases of cheating were registered from just one college in Punjab last year.

Bhandari said, "This year, cases of unfair means have been marked against those using mobiles. Some students try to cheat with the help of chits and generally teachers on duty take away chits, but let students write their exam. Therefore, the number of cases remained restricted to 150."

While around 150 students were caught copying from each other or found carrying slips to the examination rooms, seven were caught cheating using cell phones. Two impersonation cases have also been registered against candidates. Once an unfair means cases is registered against a student, it is forwarded to a committee that proposes the action to be taken. Its decision is then sent for approval to the syndicate and the senate.

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