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Wednesday , June 19 , 2013
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Bizarre case of BA papers

- Bhagalpur matriculate ticks Dumka varsity answers

Dumka, June 18: Anyone can check your BA exam answers.

A matriculate in Bhagalpur was yesterday caught red-handed checking sociology answer sheets of the BA Part I exam under Sido Kanhu Murmu University (SKMU), Dumka, showing how the sanctity of degrees and careers of students are still taken with a pinch of salt.

The reporter of a vernacular daily in Bihar, as part of a sting investigation, caught an employee of a pathology clinic in Bhagalpur marking answer sheets. Inquiries revealed the clinic at Mundichak locality of Bhagalpur was owned by one Chandrakant Singh, a sociology professor at AN College, Dumka.

Based on the newspaper report, SKMU slapped a showcause on Singh today.

Singh, who teaches at the unaided college permanently affiliated to SKMU, simultaneously runs this clinic in his hometown. On Sunday, Singh reached Bhagalpur with 43 sociology answer papers of BA Part I. On Monday, he offloaded the work of checking and marking answer sheets to his matriculate employee (name not yet known) at the clinic.

Pro vice chancellor of SKMU Ram Yatan Prasad, supposed to be responsible for all affairs related to exams of undergraduate courses, feigned ignorance on how the bizarre incident occurred.

“I don’t know anything about the allotment of degree one (BA Part I in academic parlance) answer sheets, because the controller of examinations did not take me into confidence while distributing them to teachers,” Prasad told The Telegraph.

Prasad termed the matter as “gross negligence” on the part of the SKMU exam department in selecting teachers.

“Under no circumstances should answer sheets be found away from the place of posting of the examining teacher concerned or in the custody of someone else,” he said.

C.K. Singh, officer on special duty, SKMU examination department, said they had sent the sociology professor a showcause notice on the basis of the newspaper report. “We will take suitable action against him if his reply is not found satisfactory,” he promised.

As the news spread, students grew panic-stricken. “We want stern action against persons in the examination department responsible for the mess,” said Jitendra Kumar Singh, a student leader associated with ABVP.

On April 29 this year, President Pranab Mukherjee chaired SKMU’s glittering convocation and awarded degrees and gold medals to pass-outs.