Evaluation Centre searched by intruders, DAVV stunned

Indore : Some persons entered the Evaluation Centre of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalya (DAVV), on Sunday night and reportedly ‘tampered with’ bundles of answer sheets belonging to medical students.

Whether they took away some answer sheets along or replaced a few was not immediately known but the incident has definitely exposed the university’s tall claim of tight security at the centre.

It also has feared to hit the investigation by Special Task Force into PMT scam as the answer sheets of medical students, which were “tampered with”, are a crucial record for the investigation.

Lately, the STF had sought copies of some answer sheets from the DAVV.

Exam Controller Anil Sharma said that some intruders broke opene locks of three backside gates of the Evaluation Centre and entered inside. They searched for some answer sheets and then left.

The following morning when the centre was opened, the officials found locks of backside gates damaged. A torch was also found at a portion where bundles of answer sheets belonging to medical students were kept. It was thought that the intruders “tampered with” the medical students’ answer sheets and the bundles were in disarray.

Evaluation Centre in-charge VB Gupta was informed about the incident, who in turn conveyed the information to Vice Chancellor Prof DP Singh and Registrar RD Musalgaonkar.

Police were also informed about the incident who reached the scene and registered a case on the complaint of Gupta.

“What was stolen or what manipulation in answer sheets was done was not immediately known,” a senior university officer said adding that an inter-department inquiry would carried out for fact-findings.

NSUI state president Vipin Wankhede demanded a high level probe into the incident with vice chancellor and SP in the probe panel.

ABVP state secretary Rohin Rai alleged that the incident came close on the heels of his allegations regarding malpractice at the Evaluation Centre. I believe that the incident an attempt by corrupt persons to clean up the mess, he demanding an independent inquiry.

Employee’s hand suspected

The university officers are suspecting hand of some employee of Evaluation Centre in the incident. “The intruders knew the route to get inside the centre and the place where answer sheets of medical students were kept. Without help from inside, this was not possible. I am of a view that some employee was among the intruders,” an officer pleading anonymity said. Most of the employees at the Evaluation Centre are daily wagers. As per norms, daily wagers can’t be roped in classified works but the university with limited hands has no choice but to act otherwise.

Now, CCTV cameras at Evaluation Centre

Initially, the university was unwilling to install CCTV cameras at the Evaluation centre but now it has ordered for otherwise after Monday’s incident. “I have ordered for installation of CCTVs cameras at the evaluation facility immediately,” the VC said. Earlier, many a time the university authorities were suggested for installation of CCTV cameras at Evaluation Centre but to no avail. “For both transparency and security purpose, the CCTV cameras are required at Evaluation Centre,” student leader Nimish Pathak said. The VC also stated that a biometric machine would be installed at the centre for attendance.

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