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Row over IIM-R’s state test marks blows over

- B-school ready with rectified merit list of rural works engineers, says principal secy

Ranchi, Dec. 12: The Indian Institute of Management-Ranchi (IIM-R) has been excused by the state government after the premier B-school came close to losing face over marks.

The state rural works department has claimed that IIM-R has rectified mistakes in the recruitment results of junior engineers and that appointment letters would be soon issued to the selected candidates.

The government had recently decided to engage 150 junior engineers and 50 assistant engineers on contract basis to smoothly execute various rural works schemes.

Considering the workload of Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) and the “real fate” of results published by it, the government also decide to engage IIM-R for conducting recruitment exams comprising written and oral tests.

However, when IIM-R submitted the final merit list last month, irregularities were detected in the computation of total marks secured by the candidates in written exams and interviews.

To begin with, a candidate, Md Raza Ansari, had secured 34 marks in written examination and 43 in interview. But the final result sheet revealed that his total was 76, a point less than what the scores add up to, and that he had secured third position in the merit list.

Another candidate, Vidya Bhushan Bhargaw, had secured 30 in written exam and 33 in interview, but his total was mentioned as 73. He ranked fourth in the merit list.

A look at the result sheet suggests that the total marks secured by at least 60 per cent of the candidates did not match the marks secured by them in the written examination and interviews.

The names of 357 candidates figure in the merit list of junior engineers.

According to documents available with The Telegraph, rural works minister Chandra Prakash Choudhary refused to approve the merit list submitted by the IIM-R last month, arguing that since there was a mismatch in the total marks of most candidates, it was apparent that the merit list too was incorrect.

He pulled up the department’s principal secretary S.K. Satpathy for the lapses.

Choudhary also directed Satpathy to thoroughly examine the cases of every candidate and ensure that the reservation roster was being followed strictly. He even directed him to submit proposals for initiating disciplinary or legal actions against officials and “institution” responsible for the shortcomings.

However, Satpathy insisted that the mistakes were “simple” and that IIM had rectified the errors.

“There was nothing wrong with the merit list. The mistakes cannot be equated with the reported ones made by JPSC in the past. There is no need to take action against IIM either. The posting of selected junior engineers will be finalised very soon,” he told The Telegraph.

Meanwhile, IIM-R director M.J. Xavier feigned ignorance.

When asked, he pointed out that he was not aware of the issue and that he first needed to talk to the persons involved in computing marks and preparing the merit list.

Incidentally, the merit list the specific names, roll numbers, dates of birth and marks secured by all 357 candidates’ bears Xavier’s signature.