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In Madhya Pradesh, Open School students clear Class X, XII exam without taking it

NIOS chairman Chandra B Sharma told The Indian Express that on August 22 he recommended a detailed investigation by the Centre into the serious irregularities found across three NIOS examination centres in Madhya Pradesh — Ratlam, Umaria and Sehore.

Written by Ritika Chopra , Milind Ghatwai | New Delhi/bhopal | Updated: September 9, 2017 7:34 am
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The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has written to the HRD Ministry seeking an investigation by “vigilance agencies” into irregularities in the Class X and XII results announced this year, after its preliminary inquiry found that hundreds of candidates from Madhya Pradesh passed the open school examination without appearing for it.

Confirming the development, NIOS chairman Chandra B Sharma told The Indian Express that on August 22 he recommended a detailed investigation by the Centre into the serious irregularities found across three NIOS examination centres in Madhya Pradesh — Ratlam, Umaria and Sehore.

Asked if he had sought a CBI investigation, Sharma said, “I do not want to name the vigilance agency at this moment.” Sources in the HRD Ministry confirmed the receipt of Sharma’s letter. “The government is seized of the matter. It is being looked into,” said a ministry source, who did not want to identified.

The NIOS, an autonomous institution that works under the HRD Ministry, is the largest Open School Board in the world. This year, over two lakh candidates appeared for the secondary and senior secondary-level examination held in March-April.

The Board had set up a three-member inquiry committee in the last week of June to look into complaints of irregularities from Madhya Pradesh, a state that was rocked by allegations of corruption in the Vyapam exam. Simultaneously, NIOS also withdrew the results of over 1,000 students who were suspected to have skipped the exam in the state.

“We wanted a fair inquiry, which is why the committee members were not from within the NIOS system. They submitted their findings about 20 days ago, based on which I have recommended a proper investigation,” said Sharma.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) held a press conference on the issue in Bhopal on Friday. The party alleged that as many as 1,200 candidates from the state were absent on the day of the exam, and yet they were declared as passed.

Party leaders also shared the attendance sheet of candidates who were enrolled at the NIOS centres in Ratlam, Umaria and Sehore to prove that a majority of examinees did not appear for the exam.

According to documents shared by AAP’s state convenor Alok Agarwal, out of the 693 candidates who were supposed to sit for the exam in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sagod, only 19 appeared. Yet, when the results were declared, everybody was shown as having passed. Similarly, 351 candidates meant to take the exam at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sehore, and 175 candidates at Navodaya Vidyalaya, Umaria, were absent, but declared passed.

Agrawal demanded that the government should set up a special investigation team to probe irregularities at all NIOS centres in Madhya Pradesh.

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    Shaiju Jose
    Sep 9, 2017 at 10:22 pm
    It's not at all astonishing. In many Indian states like MP, the efficient system of ensuring qualitative education to students is very pathetic.Being a PGT of English, I bitterly experienced it at one of the leading cbse schools in MP last year. I was asked to quit the school when I stood for students' academic betterment. I indeed sided with genuineness after a lot of students especially of good academic track had personally told me about their disappointment of many of their trs.Impartially speaking, the majority of trs including the Prin l were professionally inefficient, unfit and disqualified there.I still don't know how they withstand in the classrooms silencing the students and handling a comparatively tougher syllabus. Only God can purify the educational setups there
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      Adrian Akau
      Sep 9, 2017 at 12:06 pm
      India seems to be running on the bribe/corruption system where officials need no education to qualify for their posts. Passing exams without taking them is direct result.
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      1. ashutosh kumar
        Sep 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm
        I even have some friends who have cleared their 12th in same way..But they got into some IIT's. This system was their excuse to fully concentrate on study at home and tution.
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          Bharat Maa
          Sep 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm
          When PM n ministers can get fake degrees then why not common man. Sab ka sath sab ka vikas.
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          1. ashutosh kumar
            Sep 9, 2017 at 12:03 pm
            earlier during my school days i used to think that open school are only there to get pass without giving exams. This thing happens everywhere. I have personally seen this system in jharkhand,bihar and WB but and bet that it's a situation in every state. It doesn't matter whose Government is there if common people are corrupt.
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