Getting good marks is not a tough task at Maharishi Dayanad University (MDU), thanks to racketeers functioning in the university’s result branch, who enable students an easy access to their examiners to get their marks increased.
The racket involving increase of marks of 54 BTech students has come to fore, indicating a gross lapse of the MDU authorities in preparation of results of the students.
Taking prompt action, the university has suspended a superintendent of the result branch, who allegedly managed to get marks of more than 50 students increased, by directly approaching the NYSA, a computer agency hired by the MDU for preparation of results and examination material.
Soon after the disclosure of the alleged scam, though the MDU authorities suspended superintendent Sita Ram Sharma of the result branch, who allegedly approached NYSA for increasing the marks of several students in the academic year 2014-15, they have not taken any action against the erring staff of the examination branch of the university and the NYSA yet.
When contacted, MDU controller of examination BS Sandhu said, “The superintendent has been suspended immediately and action will also be taken against other people if found involved in this case”.
Meanwhile, MDU vice-chancellor Sudhir Rajpal has formed a committee to look into the case. One of the committee members told Hindustan Times that a group of people from the examination branch, NYSA and twothree outsiders were involved in the scam. They said that they would disclose the further details only in the report to be submitted to the V-C most likely on Monday.
“We have already held three meetings and taken the statements of all the people concerned, including the suspended superintendent, and we will submit our report to the authorities after Monday’s meeting,” said a member of the committee, on the condition of anonymity.
He added, “Though we cannot tell you much right now, but the findings of our investigation are eye-opener and it will nail the culprits in the alleged scam”.
As per the committee members, the accused superintendent has approached the NSYA to increase the marks of 54 BTech students in two phases. The exams were held in December 2014. The results of these students, who had actually scored below 20% marks (they were even not eligible for re-evaluation) were changed and they were given more than 50% marks.
Interestingly, during the investigation it was found that answer-sheets of these students did not bear the signatures of the examiners, which indicated huge irregularities for making changes in the results, by adding more sheets in their answer sheets.
The committee members said that most of these students hail from national capital region (NCR) districts of Gurgaon and Faridabad and they belong to well-off families.
When contacted, suspended superintendent Sita Ram Sharma denied his involvement in the racket and said , “I cannot tell you anything in this regard except that I don’t have any role in this matter”.
MDU not new to controversies
The MDU, accredited as an A-grade university by NAAC, is not new to the controversies as about 2,000 answer-sheets were found on the terrace of the varsity in 2013, but the university had failed to take strict action against those involved, including the university staff and the students who smuggled the answersheets from the secrecy branch of the MDU.
“Though the university had suspended a few employees but they again joined the duties later as no strict action was taken against them. The laxity on the part of the university has given a boost to these kinds of people who use unfair means to tamper the results,” said a top functionary of the university. “But now the university has re-opened the case and a special investigation team (SIT) has been formed to re-investigate the case,” he added.
“We want strict action from the university and the state government as the frequent scams have damaged the image of the university,” he said.