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Mumbai University exam security reforms yet to take off

In 2011, two temporary staffers of the university were arrested for sneaking answer sheets of PG engineering students out and then back inside.

Written by Priyanka Sahoo | Mumbai | Published: November 29, 2016 1:49:05 am

SIX months after the MU announced a flurry of reforms for improved security, in the shadow of a answer paper scam involving pilferage of students’ answer sheets from inside the campus, the measures are still to see the light of day. Officials said the changes will now be implemented in the new building where the exam section is to be moved in a couple of months.

In 2011, two temporary staffers of the university were arrested for sneaking answer sheets of PG engineering students out and then back inside. They were caught with answer sheets tied around their calves, having identified students willing to pay for better scores.

A similar racket was busted on May 22 this year when the Bhandup police arrested eight university officials for allegedly tampering with answer sheets.

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According to Registrar MA Khan, the University has stalled the plans as the new building which will house the exam section is yet to be completed. “It would have taken us three months to install the new equipment in the existing compound. By then, the new building where would be complete and the equipment would have to be reinstalled,” said Khan. “The new building will be occupied only by the examination section.”

While the complex has two three-storey buildings, onloy one has 20 CCTVs. The second floor, which houses the accounts department, is frequented by many. On the ground floor is a bank that draws crowds. The three-storey annexe building, which does not have CCTV surveillance is where the setting of question papers and assessment of answer sheets are conducted.

After the latest scam in May, the V-C said CCTVs would be installed in the other building of the Exam House. The VC had also planned to set up control rooms and use intrusion-detection software to curb pilferage.

The university’s management council had sought a report from the police. It had also decided to hand over the case to the CID. While the police said the report has been shared with the University, officials from the varsity refused to comment.

 

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