Mobiles have become atool for invigilators to leak out questions ahead of exams. They are doing this malpractice for quick bucks.
ATUL GAUTAM Indore If you thought that BCom sixth semester Income Tax paper questions leak was an
incident takes place once in a while, here is a shocker for you: every question paper of DAVV is leaked out much before the exam time.
All this is because of exam guidelines that do not prevent invigilators from carrying mobile phones at the time of opening of envelopes of question papers and whos who of DAVV who are in deep slumber over the issue.
As per Registrar RD Musalgaonkar, envelopes of question papers are opened nearly 20 minutes before the scheduled exam time.
‘In presence of two invigilators, the exam centre superintendent opens the envelope of question papers some 20 minutes ahead of the exams. Then the question papers are handed over to the invigilators, who distribute the same among examinees.’But before the question papers reach to students, the invigilators get ample time to leak the questions to students through mobile phones and they often do so for making some quick bucks.
The invigilators either call up students and disclose the questions ahead of the exams or send SMS to them as happened ahead of Income Tax paper on Friday.
Some students admitted to Free Press they had always received on their mobile phones answers to objective type questions ahead of exams.
‘Some times we get hints to answers of even theoretical questions,’they added.
NSUI state president Vipin Wankhede claimed that he had learnt about this malpractice some one year back from a few recipients of exam papers through mobile phones. ‘I had brought this to the notice of then registrar Parikshit Singh, but to no avail.’Principal of a government college admitted that he had lately spotted one invigilator typing an SMS seconds after the envelope of question papers was opened.
‘Before I could catch him red- handed, he erased the text. I had to leave him with a warning because I had no proof to punish him,’the principal said.
Invigilators leak out questions Most of the exam invigilators are teachers of private colleges. Since their liability is less, they care damn about the consequences of leaking question papers to students.
A student wishing anonymity claimed that a teacher used to leak to him answers to objective types questions about 10 minutes ahead of ever paper during the last semester exams.
‘The teacher was from my college and he was made an invigilator at an exam centre.
He used to come to know about questions coming in the exams in advance.’The student said that he had paid his teacher for the favour. Here it is to be noted that the examinees are allowed to enter exam hall even 30 minutes after the commencement of exam and the time helps them to prepare for leaked questions.
Need to strengthen guidelines Government Arts and Commerce College principal SL Garg said that the varsity couldnalt39t stop pressing teachers from private colleges into exam duty due to dearth of government teachers.
‘Their ( teachers from private colleges) services have to be taken and mind you all are not corrupt. There may be a few who could be indulged SMS of Income Tax paper leak
indulged in the malpractice but for their misdeed all canalt39t be punished,’he said adding that there is a need to strengthen exam guidelines to check the malpractice.
‘Why invigilators are allowed to carry mobile phones during the classified work such as exams? This needs to be stopped immediately.’Guidelines silent on phones The exam guidelines, as per a university officer, were framed some two decades ago when there was no mobile phone or pagers.
‘When mobile phones came, the university issued orders prohibiting the gadgets in the examination rooms, for both students and invigilators.’But there are no orders regarding carrying of cell phones by invigilators at the time of opening of envelops of q