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Make UoP scam reports public,demand activists

To ensure transparency,activists have demanded that reports of panels set up by the University of Pune (UoP) to inquire into allegations of scams and irregularities at the varsity be made public.

To ensure transparency,activists have demanded that reports of panels set up by the University of Pune (UoP) to inquire into allegations of scams and irregularities at the varsity be made public.

“At least the inquiry report in the 2011 scam involving Iranian students and the recent ‘cash for marks’ scam must be published by university on its website. Making the reports public would ensure investigation is on proper track due to public pressure,” said civic activist Vivek Velankar.

After the revaluation scam in the examination department surfaced last year,the UoP had appointed a special inquiry committee headed by retired police officer ACP Sharad Awasthi. After the 2011 scam,in which fabricated marksheets and pass certificates were issued to three pharmacy students from Iran who had failed in the exams,the university had appointed two inquiry panels. One was the Mishra committee headed by a retired judge and the other was two-member internal panel of C. M. Chitale and Sanjeev Sonawane.

Atul Bagul,vice-president of Bhartiya Eligible Students and Teachers Association told Newsline that the university should convey the status of the probe in the 2011 scam.

Row over annexure to Awasthi report

The ‘Awasthi committee’ report on the ‘cash for marks’ scam is said to have summarised crucial findings in an annexure. UoP Vice-Chancellor Wasudeo Gade,however,said the report submitted to him did not have any annexure. “The annexure was not there with the ‘Awasthi committee’ report submitted to the university,” Gade told Newsline. When contacted,ACP Sharad Awasthi could not be reached for his comment as his cellphone was switched off. Activists have demanded that the Awasthi Committee’ report be made public,along with the said annexure.