Malda, Sept. 12: The University of Gour Banga today filed a complaint with police, alleging that its official website had been hacked and indecent pictures uploaded on the page for B.Ed candidates to fill up application forms.
“To maintain transparency in the entire B.Ed admission process, it was announced that application forms had to be filled up online wherein candidates would have to feed their particulars and photographs. The process commenced on August 29 and was to have ended on September 5,” said Shyamsundar Bairagya, the acting registrar of the varsity.
“During the first few days, we found that over 10,000 applications had been submitted, along with photographs of the candidates. As we started scrutinising the forms, it was noticed that indecent photographs of women had been uploaded in the provision for posting the candidates’ pictures.”
After the matter came to the notice of the varsity, candidates were asked to first deposit the application fee of Rs 530 in the bank and then fill up the forms online.
“As the candidates have to give information about them to the banks while depositing the money, they cannot conceal their identity. After this announcement, the trend of uploading such pictures has considerably declined. We had extended the date of submission of forms to September 8,” Bairagya said.
A varsity official said the applicants would get computer generated form numbers with which they could login to the website again. “Apart from this number, the date of birth has also to be given by the candidates for logging in. “If any candidate had filed the application in a cyber café, the hackers might have got hold of the form number and date of birth. Later, the miscreants would log in to the webpage and post the objectionable pictures,” said the official.
However, the smut pictures could be viewed only by the varsity authorities, not the public. If a particular applicant’s picture has been replaced with a raunchy one, he or she also can see the same.
Kalyan Mukherjee, the superintendent of police of Malda, said a probe was on.