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Call ?em Dr Copycats!

A BUTTON-SIZED speaker and mike stitched to the shirt?s sleeve with a lead attaching them to a cell phone hidden in the underpants.No, we are not talking about Milind Soman, the commando cop in Mani Shankar?s ?16 December? but it?s KGMU?s Munnabhai taking examinations on Monday morning.
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PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2006 12:12 AM IST

A BUTTON-SIZED speaker and mike stitched to the shirt’s sleeve with a lead attaching them to a cell phone hidden in the underpants.

No, we are not talking about Milind Soman, the commando cop in Mani Shankar’s ’16 December’ but it’s KGMU’s Munnabhai taking examinations on Monday morning.

They could have done the examination successfully, had not the Proctorial Board members noticed the two smart MBBS (2001 batch) students.

It was the first examination of second professional and the paper was Pathology-I. Shailesh Kumar Rahul and Ashutosh Kumar had made all arrangements for the exam except learning the chapters. Unlike Sanjay Dutt, who mugged up a few answers for the test, in ‘Munnabhai MBBS.’

The shirt was specially stitched to hide the microphone, the speaker and the lead, while the jeans had been altered to conceal the phone.

They had solved half of the paper by 10.40 am. But, suddenly Dr Manish Bajpai of the flying squad entered the examination hall and spotted the copycats awkwardly raising their left arms to the head, as if listening to something. Bajpai checked their pockets, out of suspicion by he failed to locate the speaker and microphone. However, he further searched the jeans and got hold of the cell phone. And this revealed the hi-tech copying arrangement.

“We didn’t expect this from the students in a professional course, but this was a perfect example of misuse of technology,” said Dr Bajpai.

The two have been suspended from the current examination and expelled from the hostel rooms. Shailesh Kumar (roll number 20062139) belongs to Chandauli district and Ashutosh Kumar (roll number 20062031) belongs to Begusarai in Bihar.

“The students have revealed that they were being given answers over cell phone by a friend from the GSVM Medical College of Kanpur,” said the proctors Dr VK Singh.

The use of technology during exams in KGMU is not a new thing. Last year it was a pen fitted with a microphone and the answers came from the varsity campus only. This year the students attempted something new and went up to Kanpur for the answers.

The matter of Shailesh and Ashutosh have been referred to vice chancellor Prof Mahendra Bhandari’s office for a final decision on their future prospective. But they would certainly have to take exams once again which means their session would be delayed by at least six months.

Meanwhile, admission papers of two more students (2005 batch) have come under scanning.

The KGMU administration feels they took admission on fake documents. “We have sent the papers for cross-examination,” said the registrar Prof US Pandey.

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