Patna: The ghosts of mass cheating and Intermediate toppers’ scam clearly haunt the government still, as officials continue to adopt measures to check candidates from using unfair means in examinations.
The latest example was spotted at the entrance examination for polytechnic students on Sunday.
Male candidates of the Bihar Polytechnic Diploma Certificate Entrance Competitive Examination 2018 were asked to discard their shirts and enter the examination centres only in T-shirts and vests ( ganjis). Those who defied the diktat had to bear the brunt of the invigilators.
A few of the examinees at GA Inter College centre at Hajipur in Vaishali district also attempted to register their protest at the “extra” precautionary measures taken. The invigilators, however, stayed put and ordered the examinees to follow the guidelines issued by the authorities.
“If you want to go inside, first take off your shirt and then come,” an official manning the centre was heard telling one of the examinees, Sunil Kumar.
A visibly perturbed Sunil told The Telegraph: “I was taken aback when the personnel manning the examination centre asked me to take off my shirt and sit for the examination only in vests and trousers. I was subjected to mental agony for no fault of mine.”
Vaishali district magistrate Rajiv Raushan had issued letters to all centre superintendents on Saturday, asking them to adhere to the instructions of Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board, which conducts the polytechnic entrance examination.
Altogether 18 examination centres were set up in the district headquarters town. According to the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board’s instruction, examinees were advised to go to the examination centres in slippers, half-sleeves and T-shirts only. Women were advised to go in short kurtis.
On Saturday, women candidates for the paramedical entrance examination in Muzaffarpur were subjected to a similar exercise.
They were allowed in only after their sleeves were halved by the invigilators at the Resonance School examination centre in the north Bihar town.
“This is against the dignity of a woman. Such practices should be stopped immediately,” said one of the girls, who didn’t wish to be named.
Sources in the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board said 1.27 lakh candidates appeared in the polytechnic entrance examination conducted at 261 examination centres across the state on Sunday. Total 46,000 examinees had taken Saturday’s paramedical entrance examination and 26,000 in the paradental entrance examination. In February this year, Class X examinees were barred from wearing shoes and socks in the Bihar School Examination Board’s bid at curbing cheating. The board advised examinees to wear slippers.
Bihar had earlier hogged the limelight for mass cheating in 10th board examinations and also the intermediate toppers’ scam. The intermediate topper (humanities) Ruby Rai’s case is in point.
Courtesy: The Telegraph