NEW DELHI: The examination system of Delhi University came under scanner once again for the fourth time in less than 15 days, raising serious questions on the entire process. The latest case involved suspected leak of examination questions using WhatsApp.
Police returning the smartphones to the college without investigating the matter makes the entire episode even more mysterious. While the college is passing the buck to DU, the university administration is saying the matter needs to be resolved at the college level.
On Monday, the administration of SGTB Khalsa College in the North Campus of DU caught six students, who were not examinees, inside the college premises with images of the zoology paper on their smartphones. It was around 10.30am. The exam had started at 9.30 am.
"The invigilators spotted the students outside the examination room using mobile phones. Upon checking, it was found they had images of the question paper on WhatsApp," said an invigilator on duty who did not wish to be named.
The matter was reported to the Maurice Nagar police and DU's central examination branch. The smartphones were handed over to the police. Meanwhile, the college administration also caught one student using unfair means inside the exam hall.
Police, however, later washed its hands of the matter, handing over the evidence to the college on the plea that there had been no case registered as the matter had been referred to the internal committee of Delhi University. "Once we get a go-ahead from the committee we will initiate action. We had taken away a few mobile phones but they were handed back to the university authorities," said a senior police officer.
DU authorities maintained that it is the college's internal matter and they are free to take any action. "It is not a matter under DU's prerogative, but one between the college and its students. The college is free to conduct its own investigation and act as it deems fit. DU wants to uphold the highest standard of examination and has a zero-tolerance policy towards use of unfair means," said Malay Neerav, DU's Media Coordinator and Joint Dean of Students' Welfare.
College principal Jaswinder Singh refused to comment, saying the matter is with the university authority.
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