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Varsity’s public appeal against undue favour pleas

Repeated recommendations from influential persons, politicians and bureaucrats seeking favours have driven Aryabhatta Knowledge University (AKU) to publish a public notice requesting people to refrain from such a practice.

The university, since its inception two years ago, has been receiving recommendations for promotion of failed students or leniency for students caught adopting unfair means in examinations. Fed up, the AKU published the public notice in a local vernacular daily last Sunday.

At present, 30 institutions, including engineering cradles like Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology (MIT), Bhagalpur Engineering College and Gaya Engineering College, medical institutions like Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), Patna, and Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), Muzaffarpur, and BEd colleges are affiliated to the AKU.

AKU vice-chancellor (VC) S.N. Guha told The Telegraph: “This is the first time that the university has issued such an advertisement since its inception in 2010, urging people not to make recommendations for seeking undue favour for promoting or helping students.”

The notice undersigned by the VC reads: “AN APPEAL — Request is made to all public in general and highups in particular kindly to keep away from making undue recommendations for the students who have either failed or been punished for adopting unfair means in examination. Students are free to contact University office if they feel like for any clarification. University will do everything possible within its rules.”

Guha attributed the move to AKU’s anticipation of a surge in the number of recommendations once all state and private medical and engineering colleges and management institutions come under it. He added that if students had any complaint, they were free to approach the university directly for clarification or rectification.