Marks racket: V-C admits major systemic flaws in UoP exam dept

University of Pune (UoP) Vice-Chancellor Dr W N Gade yesterday accepted that there was a major systemic flaw in the examination department. His admission came against the backdrop of the ongoing police investigations into the nexus between examination department officials and a Poona College clerk to pass failed students during the revaluation process.

Optimistic about future: University of Pune Vice-Chancellor Dr WN Gade says the process to initiate end-to-end automation has begun. File Pic

“The main problem with the exam department is that there is no accountability,” Gade said. “Some employees have been working in the department for the last many years. One employee is handling many responsibilities. Such situations are instigating malpractices in the examination department.”

He stressed that in the coming year all these shortcomings would be overcome with automation. “We have already initiated the process of end-to-end automation in the examination department,” he said. “The automation system will not have space for human interface.”

Staff agitation
Employees of the examination department yesterday held an agitation before the department building and around 60 employees visited the V-C with the demand to restrict police investigations.

“There is panic among all employees of the exam department as all updates we are getting are only through the media,” chairperson, Pune University Non-Teaching Employees’ Action Committee, Bandu Brahme said. “Without intimating the V-C, the police are directly making random enquiries about any employee. We have demanded from the V-C that the police should do their duty by taking him and the department head into confidence.”

The staff strength of the examination department is 125. An official of the examination department claimed that the department had become a soft target and that whenever any scam was busted, one or two suspensions would be ordered and the matter would be closed.

“In the Poona College revaluation scam case, the police got hold of some bogus hall tickets. The UoP has outsourced the hall tickets preparation work to two private firms. But these firms never face any investigations,” an official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said. “If they (police) really want to go to the roots of the scam, they should check this possibility also.” ¬†

Truth will come out soon: Panel
ACP (Retired) Sharad Avasthi, who is the chairperson of the three-member fact-finding committee constituted by the UoP, said investigations were in progress and the picture would become clear in three days. “I am quite sure that without internal support from the exam department such a scam would never have happened,” Avasthi said.

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