Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bed scam in jammu kashmir

De-affiliation of two colleges recommended BEd scam: exam of 70 students cancelled, 4500 sheets sent to FSL

The biggest ever fraud detected in the University of Jammu (JU) during the Annual BEd examination (September/October) 2011 has placed all the stakeholders in a dilemma, as the Competent Authority has so far cancelled the examination of nearly 70 students besides, examination related record of over 4500 students has been sent for forensic examination.

Also, the Competent Authority has recommended immediate de-affiliation of two BEd colleges namely Vimal Muni College of Education, Ramgarh and K C Minerva College of Education, Rahya, which were found deeply involved in the fraud.

According to sources, the Syndicate Meeting over the Misconduct/Unfairmeans cases headed by the then Vice-Chancellor, Prof Varun Sahni, was held in the last week of December last year.

The students whose specimen signatures and photographs were not found matching with the attendance sheets and examination forms at the time of examination were called in the meeting to explain their part.

The students unleashed startling revelations before the competent authority. One of the students said she knew nothing about the examination form and never attended BEd classes.

Most of the students of KC Minerva College of Education, Raya Morh, admitted that the college itself had filled up their examination forms.

Their cases were examined over the period of two days on individual basis. All those students were from five BEd colleges including Vimal Muni, College of Education, K C Minerva College, Adarsh College of Education, Sacred Heart College of Education and Bhargava College of Education. Nearly 70 students were found guilty and all their papers were cancelled by the competent authority while 33 others were let off.

The Competent Authority had categorically recommended the de-affiliation of Vimal Muni College of Education and K C Minerva College of Education while Adarsh College of Education was let off with the letter of displeasure. Whereas, the decision over the remaining two colleges was to be taken later.

Initally, the Principal of Vimal Muni College of Education was reluctant to admit any mistake beyond a simple clerical error which the Competent Authority did not find credible.

The Competent Authority even debarred the Principal of the college from employment in the University or its affiliated institutions for a period of five years.

In the meeting, the Vice Chancellor had directed the complete scanning of entire examination record of BEd to check more such cases.

Later, an 18-member committee scanned the entire record and detected over 4500 such cases. The said record was then sent for forensic verification. The report is expected soon.

Now, the University has called the meeting of the principals of all the BEd colleges on February 16 to discuss the matter as the fraud detected was massive and engulfs nearly 40 colleges, sources said.

When contacted, one of the senior officials from University of Jammu confirmed that the specimen signatures of all the examinees of the BEd Annual Examination have been sent to the Forensic Laboratory.

"Yes, the process is going on and it will take some time to complete", he said.

When asked him about the de-affiliation of the colleges recommended by the then Vice-Chancellor, he said "we will give one more chance to these colleges to make their point during the upcoming meeting of all the principals of BEd colleges".

It is pertinent to mention here that during the course of investigation University officials discovered that majority of the examination forms were filled and signed by the college staff itself in place of students. In most of the cases, students never came to college to attend the classes after taking admission. They only came at the end of session to appear in the examination.

During the examination, when the members of flying squad found the photo of candidates mis-matching on attendance record and admit cards, they thought it to be a case of impersonation but, the investigation by internal inquiry brought out the real matter.

The then Vice Chancellor took hard stance over the matter and aksed the officials to proceed for complete examination of the record.

Owing to massive number of cases, the BEd result has been kept on hold. The JU authorities want to decide the matter at the earliest so that result could be declared.

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