As a part of its crackdown on colleges that indulge in malpractice during examinations, Anna University is most likely to cancel the affiliation of Chendhuran College of Engineering and Technology, Pudukkottai, due to exam fraud.
According to news reports, the recommendation to cancel the affiliation comes from the office of the Controller of Examinations, who found that the college in question has been involved in mass impersonation during semester examinations. The semester exams across engineering colleges affiliated to Anna University began on November 1 and it was in one of those examinations that the college allowed a proxy to sit for the exam.
Chendhuran College of Engineering and Technology, Pudukkottai is in the dock for allowing proxies to write the exams instead of students. According to a report in Times of India, the son of the owner of the college had used a proxy to write his exams, which led to the Anna University’s decision-making body to contemplate cancel the affiliation. In 2017, Anna University found three colleges being involved in fraudulent examination practices. It was after that the university made it mandatory for colleges to have at least 50% of faculty from other colleges be on exam hall invigilation duty. According to an affidavit filed by the university in the Madras High Court, around 1,400 students have been caught for malpractice during examinations in the last year alone.
The affidavit also stated that after the re-evaluation scam that hit the university a few months ago, the students have been instructed to strike out blank pages in the answer sheets before submitting it for evaluation. Examiners were also given answer keys to aid in the marking of answer papers.
Anna University found itself in the middle of a controversy a few months ago when the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) unearthed a bribery scam in the re-evaluation of answer sheets by the university. According to the DVAC, students paid as much as Rs 10,000 each for having their marks enhanced in re-evaluation.