| Government Polytechnic College in Muzaffarpur. Picture by Lokesh Bihari |
Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology (MIT) students would have to write their remaining exams at Government Polytechnic College under the strict surveillance of video cameras.
District magistrate Anupam Kumar on Tuesday directed the polytechnic college administration to make the required arrangements to ensure fair examinations.
Sixth-semester students of the engineering institute were on the warpath for a change in their examination centre from Langat Singh College. They alleged the centre lacked basic facilities like clean drinking water and fans in the examination hall.
The Langat Singh College administration, however, said the change was sought because of strict invigilation.
Principal in charge of the college Tribhuvan Prasad Singh, in writing, told the vice-chancellor of Aryabhatta Knowledge University: “The students wanted freedom to do as they please. Invigilators acted tough with them.”
The demand for a change in the examination centre was also put before the Aryabhatta Knowledge University to which technical institute in the state is affiliated. It said the students would have to appear for their examinations at Langat Singh College till July 17. The rest would be conducted at the Government Polytechnic College.
District magistrate Anupam said: “Rest of the sixth-semester examinations would be conducted at Government Polytechnic College from July 18.”
The teachers of the institute won’t be on invigilation duty — administrative officials and police officers would be. Sub-divisional officer (east) Sunil Kumar would monitor the examination.
Anupam has directed the principal of Government Polytechnic College, Anjani Kumar Mishra, to provide a helping hand to the officials in conducting the remaining examinations. To ensure fair examinations, he added the whole process would be recorded on video.
“Examinees would have to abide by the rules of examination and follow discipline. Else, stern action would be initiated against them. Police officers would be deputed to keep a strict watch on the examinees,” said Anupam.
Aryabhatta Knowledge University vice-chancellor U.K. Mishra had asked MIT principal Arun Kumar Nathani and examination controller Sanjay Kumar Choudhary not to involve teachers of Langat Singh College, MIT and Government Polytechnic College in invigilation duty.
Government Polytechnic College principal Anjani Kumar Mishra said: “The college’s third- and fourth-grade employees would be present to cooperate with the administrative officials.”
A senior teacher of electrical engineering at MIT told The Telegraph: “A section of teachers at the institute has faced humiliation at the hands of unruly students. The change requested by the students in examination centre is nothing but a ploy to adopt unfair means in the examination.”