As many as 135 unfair-means cases (UMC) were reported from colleges affiliated to Panjab University (PU) for the session 2012-13. The examinations for the session is over across the board and the university will soon declare the results of the undergraduate courses.
There were 232 examination centres. The number of cases this year is less compared to the previous years. In 2012,100 cases of cheating was registered,while in 2011,as many as 250 cases were registered at the PU examination branch.
Maximum cases of cheating in 2011 were reported from Guru Nanak College,Ferozpur. Sources have informed that this year,maximum cases were reported from colleges located in Punjab.
Controller of Examination (COE) Dr Parvinder Singh said,Extra measures were taken this year to minimise cases of cheating during examinations. Inspections were conducted frequently. Moreover,after evaluating the cases of the past years,we sent teams to colleges,from where maximum cases were reported. On an average,all the centers were visited by the inspection teams,every day.
Students caught using unfair means are punished as per the guidelines enshrined in Chapter-II of the PU calender Vol-II. The guidelines state that if during a university examination,a candidate is found in malafide possession of any material (paper,books,notes,written notes on any part of his clothes or on any part of his body,desk or foot rule or instrument relevant to the subject of examination),he/she shall be disqualified from appearing for the university examinations for two years,including the one in which he is found guilty.
Moreover,if any person who impersonates a candidate,then he/she shall be disqualified from appearing in any university for five years and if necessary,may be reported to the police. In case a person is connected under any of these regulations,but is not a candidate of any university examination,the vice-chancellor may also hand over the case to the police. A candidate found guilty of using abusive or obscene language in answer-sheets shall be disqualified from passing the examination.