The Madras University fined four colleges including three in Chennai after a syndicate sub-committee on examinations, discipline and student welfare reported copying cases in these colleges, reports Siddharth Prabhakar of The Times of India.
The university syndicate, during a meeting last month, made it clear that they will continue to fine repeated offenders and that the colleges will also be stopped from being used as an examination centres. Each college has been fined Rs. 50,000.
Vice-chancellor of the university P Duraisamy told ToI that they wanted the colleges to be vigilant during exams. He said that the colleges must make sure that students do not carry cellphones to exam centres and the colleges will be held responsible. He also added that in the next meeting they will be creating a framework to tackle all examination malpractices including the fine to be charged from colleges.
There are 120 colleges which are affiliated to Madras university in Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts. Syndicate members reportedly said that the students at many of the colleges were having mobile phones, printed copies of answers and hand-written sheets in the exam centres. In one such case, a student had allegedly kept Rs.500 in the answer sheet and also provided phone number and asked the examiner to pass the student.
Madras University has been attempting to control cheating in examinations for several years now. In 2012, the university planned to introduce an advanced security system to make mark cards tamper-proof.