High drama was witnessed at Panjab Universitys (PU) Department of Law this morning when a student fled from the examination centre after being caught cheating in his examination. Harmandeep Singh Brar,a student of the 6th semester,had re-appeared for his 5th semester Evidence Act examination today.
He was found copying an answer written on his ankle. After he was caught red-handed,Brar sought permission to go to the washroom from where he fled.
While the invigilators asked the security guard to lock the entrance to the Law Department where the examination was being held,Harmandeep jumped off the first floor and ran away after breaking the window pane of a room on the ground floor. Nearly a dozen security guards reached the spot but failed to nab him.
By the time our guards reached the spot,the student had already escaped. He left the University campus in his friends car, said Chief of University Security P K Dhawan.
Following a complaint given by the invigilators,Dr Babita and Dr Sonika,an Unfair Means Case (UMC) was registered against Harmandeep. We will recommend the case to the UMC Committee and appropriate action will be decided by the panel. We have also lodged a DDR with the city police, said Controller of Examinations A K Bhandari.
The incident have left the authorities surprised since this is,arguably,the first such case that has been reported in the University in the recent past.
Over the last two years about 250 UMC cases have been detected across various examination centres.
According to officials,English is ranked at the top among UMC or cheating cases detected in 188 PU-affiliated colleges in the last one year.
In May last year,as many as 125 cheating cases were detected from a single examination centre,Guru Nanak College (Ferozepur).
UMC branch officials revealed that most cheating cases at this centre involved the use of micro slips,followed by mobile phones. Brar was still at large.