A right to Information (RTI) application by The Indian Express has revealed that marks of 21% of students who applied for re-evaluation for March/April 2012 examination,when irregularities had been alleged in the re-evaluation process,had been altered in the process.
In response to the RTI query,Public Information Officer (PIO) of UoP replied that during semesters of 2012,the varsity received 58,583 applications and marks were changed in 12,578 cases or 21.47%,during re-evaluation.
The PIO,however,denied the information pertaining to changes on case to case basis saying the information was personal information held by the university on account of trust placed by examinees on the university. If this information is disclosed it will violate privacy of these examinee. This information,if disclosed,will not serve any larger public good, said the PIO in her letter of April 2,2013.
Following complaints that marks were increased fraudulently while entering data in the university systems for money,Chatushrungi Police has so far arrested 11 persons including seven University of Pune (UoP) employees.
Police investigating the alleged re-evaluation scam said their probe was limited to alleged irregularities in the case of 21 students,a list of whom was provided by Cantonment Police. According to police,had the university probed all other cases of change in marks,many cases of fraudulent increase would have come to light. An earlier RTI application filed by activist Vihar Durve in December 2012 had revealed in the case of verification of marks,the change in marks was extremely low,about 0.37%.